Dentist explains what it means if you have black triangles between your teeth

Dr. Abdul Azizi, a UK-based dentist, explains the appearance of tiny black triangles between teeth. These gaps, typically found near the gum line, can be perplexing. Dr. Azizi clarifies that they aren’t necessarily linked to poor hygiene but may result from genetic factors, tooth shape, size, and placement. While not inherently harmful, they may require dental attention for cosmetic or preventive reasons and could signal issues like gum recession or oral health problems.

Gum recession, a common aging process, can contribute to black triangles due to bone loss. Orthodontic treatments can also be a cause. Dentist Anna Peterson suggests that these triangles can be positive signs after periodontal treatment, indicating reduced inflammation. To prevent black triangles, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene by daily brushing between teeth with interdental brushes or flossing. Regular dental check-ups are crucial.

@annapetersondental Black triangles are not always caused from poor cleaning and sometimes black triangles are a sign that inflammation has reduced following periodontal treatment – which is a good thing! However to prevent getting black triangles watch this video. #gumdisease #blacktriangles #dentaladvice #oralhealth #health #dentalprofessional #dentalhygienist ♬ original sound – Anna Peterson

Treatment options for existing black triangles include orthodontic correction, gum grafting, veneers, and dental bonding. Hyaluronic acid treatment may help, but its long-term effects are uncertain. Dr. Azizi advises consulting a dentist or orthodontist to determine the best approach based on individual circumstances.