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Flossing is one thing most people don’t really enjoy doing, but it helps prevent cavities and infections in your mouth.

The American Dental Association recommends that you floss once daily.  Flossing helps to reach the places between your teeth where anaerobic bacteria live.  Anaerobic bacteria are bacteria that don’t need oxygen to survive, and in fact when exposed to oxygen, they will die.  These bacteria produce a sticky film, known as plaque, on the teeth.  By flossing your teeth, these bacteria are exposed to oxygen, and they are killed.  If you don’t floss your teeth, these bacteria will continue to grow and multiply, making your mouth more susceptible to cavities, and in extreme cases, infections.  If your gums bleed when you floss, it is a sign of inflammation caused by the bacteria.  The only way for the inflammation to go away is to floss on a regular, daily basis so that most of the bacteria causing the inflammation die.  Botox can also be used to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile.  Botox will relax the muscle that draws the upper lip up when smiling to give a more appealing attractive cosmetic smile.

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