Flossing After Brushing

January 5, 2010 6:19am CST
I just floss after I brush when I think that there's still some piece of food stuck between my teeth. But normally I don't floss anymore because every time I do my gums always bleed. I don't like the taste of blood. What about you?
6 responses
• Philippines
10 Mar 10
i guess my dentist recommend me to floss my teeth before i brush and not after yes your right our gums will bleed thats why its not recommended to use everyday. you can use toothpick as a substitute. i only floss my teeth twice a week and go to dentist for cleaning once a year.
• Malaysia
10 Mar 10
the correct way is to floss followed by tooth brushing. im flossing only before sleep and brushing 3 x per day.. during my first time of flossing, there are a lot of bleeding but after 1 months, the bleeding reduce.. they said because oral hygeine not good, so induce inflammation at the gum then easily bleed. now i dont have that problem anymore :)
@simonelee (2718)
• China
5 Jan 10
Hello. I floss after eating then brush my teeth. I do it opposite to yours because my gum's bleed too so i prefer doing it before brushing. Sometimes I don't use floss because i think its unhealthy if your gum's always bleed. My dentist advice me to use it every after meal but i don't follow her advice.
@BART78 (2932)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
it's reverse of me, i normally floss first my teeth before i brush then gargle mouthwash that's my dental hygiene routine, but i only floss in the evening...
@daliaj (5689)
• India
5 Jan 10
Do you know that floss doesn't exist in India? I don't think many people here even have heard of it. My husband lives in USA and he introduced it to me. When I took it to my hostel, many of the hostel mates asked me what it was. It is good to floss.My husband likes to do flossing whenever he has a non-veg meal. I floss occassionaly, not after brushing.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
5 Jan 10
I used to, when I still have one. It can be messy and gross sometimes, but it is a must. It's a healthy oral habit because it removes food debris and stains that only brushing cannot. About the blood, I can take it. But if it always bleeds, maybe you have some sort of gingivitis?