tooth·​brush·​ing ˈtüth-ˌbrə-shiŋ How to pronounce toothbrushing (audio)
: the action of using a toothbrush to clean teeth

Examples of toothbrushing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Together, this set is designed to make brushing fun and develop daily toothbrushing habits. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 31 Oct. 2023 An electric toothbrush can be helpful for kids who are less-than-enthusiastic about toothbrushing. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 24 Oct. 2023 For a hardworking bathroom, install a tile backsplash that stands up to daily toothbrushing, shaving, and handwashing. Grace Gallagher, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 The lack of care, including toothbrushing, has been ignored for years, in part because basic Medicare does not cover dental care. Frank Scannapieco, The Conversation, 17 Sep. 2019 The toothbrushing event was co-hosted by a toothpaste brand, a dental association and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2019 Elderly people in nursing homes often go without a good toothbrushing. Frank Scannapieco, The Conversation, 17 Sep. 2019 For toothbrushing and flossing to work, they must be performed meticulously several times a day. Frank Scannapieco, The Conversation, 17 Sep. 2019 There’s also the famous toothbrushing scene from Bring It On, in which Grande and actor Matt Bennett stand in for Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Bradford, as well as a confrontation between some apparent East Compton Clovers and Rancho Carne Toros. Vogue, 30 Nov. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of toothbrushing was in 1920

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“Toothbrushing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


tooth·​brush·​ing -ˌbrəsh-iŋ How to pronounce toothbrushing (audio)
: the action of using a toothbrush to clean the teeth
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