dental floss


Definition of dental floss

: a thread used to clean between the teeth

Examples of dental floss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two texted all day, talking about everything from their shared obsession with Tito’s vodka and dental floss picks to the daily struggles and quiet fears they both experience as police officers. Kelli Kennedy, USA TODAY, "Two Florida cops never knew they were half brothers: A DNA test reunited them," 24 Oct. 2019 Hair Similar to dental floss, sending hair down the drain can cause larger problems later on, experts at American Water note. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Everyday Items You Should Never Flush Down Your Toilet," 6 Apr. 2020 Neither are dental floss, diapers and feminine hygiene products. Matt Mencarini, The Courier-Journal, "Hey, Louisville, quit flushing wipes down the toilet. You're backing up the sewer lines," 3 Apr. 2020 The old-fashioned general store has been reborn in a modern format, providing for all your daily needs, from refillable dental floss containers to beeswax food wraps. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Ditch the Plastic Packaging: 6 Refill Stores for Kitchen, Bath, and Home," 10 Feb. 2020 Consumer health companies are pitching portable water flossers, dental floss subscriptions, at-home LED whitening kits, and direct-to-consumer smile aligners. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Don't Brush Off Mouth Tech As a Passing Fad," 24 Jan. 2020 Late So Soon — to use dental floss to string up a cow figurine in the kitchen of your own home. Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter, "'So Late So Soon': Film Review," 6 Mar. 2020 Every year the water department asked — begged — us not to flush dental floss down the toilet. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Do you like using your garbage disposal? The water company wishes you wouldn’t.," 16 Nov. 2019 Once dry, they can be pounded with a hard, smooth object (like a hammer or round stone) to separate the fibers into something like dental floss. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Deer Parts That Will Keep You Alive," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dental floss

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dental floss was in 1910

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29 May 2020

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“Dental floss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dental floss

: a special thread that is used to clean between your teeth

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Kids Definition of dental floss

: a special thread used for cleaning between teeth

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Medical Definition of dental floss

: a thread used to clean between the teeth

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