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I Have Black Triangles, Why? And Can They Harm My Oral Health?


Posted on 7/24/2023 by Mark Bieber
I Have Black Triangles, Why? And Can They Harm My Oral Health?Some adults have gaps between their teeth. The gaps are not just ordinary teeth spaces as they form an unsightly triangular shape in between the teeth. This condition, also known as open gingival embrasures and can be a cause of other dental concerns if not attended to.

What Causes Black Triangles in Your Teeth


This problem is usually associated with the gums. Here are some of the issues related to the gums that may cause black triangles.

Bad Dental Hygiene Habits

The kind of toothbrush you use and how you brush your teeth may contribute to black triangles. Use a soft-bristled brush and clean gently to leave the gums unharmed. Do not use excessive force when brushing.

Pulling Back of Gum Tissue

Gum recession happens when the gum tissue becomes thin and tends to pull away from the teeth. This leaves black triangles between the teeth.

Gum Treatments

After visiting a dentist for gum treatment, you may be left with black triangles. Some orthodontic treatments disfigure the gum tissue leaving these gaps.

Nature of the Teeth

Teeth do not look alike; some are narrow at the top and wide at the bottom. Others are wide at the top and narrow at the bottom, while some are straight and well-aligned. The shape of your teeth, especially triangular ones, may lead to the formation of black triangles.

How Black Triangles may Harm Your Oral Health


When neglected, black triangles may bring about dental problems, which can be more serious. The spaces formed in the middle of the teeth can accommodate bacteria and plaque. In the long run, plaque may cause cavitated teeth and gum disease, or even tooth loss.

If you have black triangles, book an appointment with us to get a chance to talk to our dentist about the best treatment option available.

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