tooth·​brush·​ing | \ ˈtüth-ˌbrə-shiŋ How to pronounce toothbrushing (audio) \

Definition of toothbrushing

: the action of using a toothbrush to clean teeth

Examples of toothbrushing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 But that's mostly a distraction, and the brush gives me about the same actual toothbrushing experience as the basic model. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, 13 Nov. 2017 The way Kim speaks to Kris about his toothbrushing is apparently a textbook example of one of the horsemen: Criticism. Jessica Bloom, The Cut, 21 May 2018 Red-flag scenes, like the toothbrushing moment, were included (and others even faked) to help Kim save a little face. Jessica Bloom, The Cut, 21 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of toothbrushing

1920, in the meaning defined above

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tooth·​brush·​ing | \ -ˌbrəsh-iŋ How to pronounce toothbrushing (audio) \

Medical Definition of toothbrushing

: the action of using a toothbrush to clean the teeth


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