Definition of dental floss in US English:

dental floss


  • A soft thread of floss silk or similar material used to clean between the teeth.

    • ‘Besides the sophisticated equipment, a few companies had on display a whole range of oral health products like mouthwash, toothpaste and dental floss at the exhibition.’
    • ‘A soft, small-head toothbrush and a strand of dental floss are the tools required for effective and thorough plaque removal.’
    • ‘Interdental cleaning tools such as dental floss and interdental brushes can help you clean hard-to-reach areas of your teeth, such as between the teeth and under the gumline.’
    • ‘It is very important if your gums are bleeding to clean them more thoroughly, not less, ensuring that you brush every surface of the tooth and clean in between the teeth with dental floss or interdental brushes.’
    • ‘Use dental floss to clean between your teeth and remove any trapped food that could cause tooth decay.’


dental floss

/ˈdɛn(t)l flɔs/