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 (flôs, flŏs)
1. Dental floss.
2. Short or waste silk fibers, especially from the outer surface of the cocoon of a silkworm.
3. Soft, loosely twisted thread, as of silk or cotton, used in embroidery.
4. A downy or silky fibrous substance, such as corn silk or silk cotton.
v. flossed, floss·ing, floss·es
To clean between (teeth) with dental floss.
To use dental floss.

[Perhaps alteration of French floche, tuft of wool, from Old French floc, floche, from Latin floccus.]

floss′er n.
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an implement which flosses the teeth or facilitates flossinga person who catches fish illegally using a hook baited with a piece of brightly coloured string attached to a weight. The weight drags the string through the fish's mouth until the hook pierces the mouth from the outside
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Flossing can be tricky for anyone with braces, veneers or overcrowding (teeth tightly packed together), so it might be worth investing in a Waterpik Cordless Water Flosser to ensure you keep your oral hygiene tip top.
NEW YORK -- Innovations in technology and extension of product lines are some of the key elements driving the power toothbrush and flosser markets.
has introduced Waterpik Sidekick Water Flosser, an "ultra-compact" device that offers all of the oral health benefits of a full-size water flosser.
Patent and Trademark Office on August 8, 2017 of a new patent covering the company's WELTIP water flosser delivery system.
Infinitely more hi-tech than traditional string flossing, the water flosser can also give your gums a massage.
Approximately 70% of net sales are in the water flosser segment with the remainder in showerheads.
Choose the tool that works best for you, whether it's using actual floss or a water flosser.
Each toothpaste comes with an X-Action Whitening Toothbrush designed with extra-condensed bristles and a suction cup handle for upright storage, as well as a pocket-sized package of dental flosser picks.
She even began using an electric flosser and electric toothbrush to improve her oral hygiene.
For example, when researchers did the first clinical study comparing the Waterpik Water Flosser to string floss they found that water flossing removed more plaque and was up to 50% more effective for improving gum health.