Dentist Shares What It Actually Means If You Have ‘Black Triangles’ Between Your Teeth


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‘Black triangles’ between your teeth have a number of causes, which a dentist has discussed along with possible treatments.

The Essex native Anna Peterson, who goes by the handle @annapetersondental, frequently offers her professional dental advise on TikTok. She recently addressed the origin and prevention of “black triangles” in a post. The video is accessible here:


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

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In the video’s caption, Anna stated that “black triangles are not always caused by poor cleaning and sometimes black triangles are a sign that inflammation reduced following periodontal treatment—which is a good thing.”

Beginning the video, Anna posted a picture of a smile with four consecutive bottom teeth that had “black triangles” between them.

“It’s actually just space between the teeth and the gum,” Anna explained. 

“It’s usually caused because the gum has receded up the tooth, because the teeth are triangular shaped, at the neck of the tooth we do have a bit of space and usually the gum will fill that space.” At this point Anna showed off her gleaming pearly whites, with not a black triangle in sight.

She went on: “But if you don’t clean in between your teeth at least once a day then the gum can recede up the tooth.”

Sharing how to prevent that from happening, she added: “There are lots of different things you can use to clean between your teeth, like interdental brushes, a water flosser or just normal string floss.

“But I would highly recommend you use interdental brushes because they are clinically the most effective way of removing plaque bacteria.

“If you find that you really can’t get them between, then speak to your dentist professional and get them to check whether they can fit any size between and if not then just use floss or a water flosser.

“And that’s how to prevent getting black triangles between your teeth.”

Some of Anna’s fans thanked her for the suggestion in the comments area, while others sought advice.

One follower asked what was the best way to combat ‘black triangles’ that had already appeared to which she replied: “Composite bonding is a great way to mask the black triangles.”

She added that receding gums, like the one in the picture she shared, can be treated with surgery.

Responding to someone else who said interdental brushing was ‘painful’, Anna said: “The metal shouldn’t be painful against your teeth, sounds like you’re placing it too high up.”

What 1-8 Numbers The Dentist Calls Out While Looking At Your Teeth Really Mean

If you’ve ever visited the dentist and overheard the staff analysing your mouth in a bizarre, cryptic manner, hold on—there’s a legitimate reason for it all.

Those in the know will attest that visiting the dentist can be nerve-wracking, sometimes quite literally.

Having work done on your teeth can be – once again, literally – like pulling teeth. The mouth is a fairly bad area to be examined.

However, we all know that it is important to have a healthy mouth, so we should keep going to the dentist as long as we can.

As many will also know, getting on the books at one can be a struggle.

Still, we digress.

Think about going to the dentist for a checkup and being forced to sit in that awful chair while someone shoves a flattened metal mirror into your mouth, blinding you with light.

Then, to add to the overall feeling of unease and confusion, they start sounding off numbers one after another to their nurse, who appears to grasp the situation right away and starts taking notes in earnest.

What the hell are they talking about?

Is there a problem with you?

It turns out that there is actually nothing to be concerned about; they are simply listing your teeth to see if they are in good condition.

Therefore, each of your teeth has a numerical equivalent, starting with the central incisor at position one.

Lateral incisors come in at ages two, three, four, and five, followed by canines, first and second premolars, and molars one to three, which come in at ages six, seven, and eight.

But those are only the first batch of figures. This is only a method of rating how good your periodontal health is, despite the fact that you could hear them round off other numbers as they go.

Periodontal, for those who might not know, involves your gums.

The numbers they use in this case only go up to six, with one being gums that are in excellent health, and six meaning that the gum has seen better days.

This is according to information on the website of the South Florida Dental Care practice, so we’ll have to assume they know what they’re talking about.

On that site, they add: “To test your periodontal health, your dentist will gently poke your gums and teeth while taking measurements.

“The instrument the dentist uses takes measurements in millimetres.

“The measurements detect any gum loss you may be experiencing.

“If your number is four or higher, you may have significant oral health issues that need to be addressed.

“The number increases when gums are inflamed, when bone loss is beginning, if you have a crack in your tooth, or if you are experiencing periodontal disease.”

As ever, the advice is the same – eat and drink less sugary stuff that erodes your teeth and can cause your gum health to deteriorate, and remember to regularly brush and floss to make sure that your tooth and gum health is as good as it can be.

Man And His Friend Show Off Their New Turkey Teeth, But Things Aren’t Quite As They Seem

THOUSANDS of people travel to Turkey in search of affordable smile makeovers.

One man claimed to be one of them on TikTok as he and his friend returned to England after getting their gnashers fixed.

A man and his friend took to TikTok to show off their “Turkey teeth”.

But not everything was as it seemed. The pair showed off their bright white smiles in a selfie.

But he later revealed they were just McDonald’s straws, and they’d been messing around.

“Just landed in England, we’ve got our Turkey teeth done,” he said.

“We look so good don’t we?”

“We look gorgeous,” his friend added as she showed off her gleaming white smile.

“Turkey teeth with my gyal,” he wrote over the top of the video.

People were quick to take to the comments section to weigh in on the pair’s new looks, with one writing: “Holy hell is this for real?”

“Wow they are great pure white look gorgeous,” another added.

While a third commented: “it’s a joke right?”

He then responded to the comments in another video on his TikTok page.

“The fact that so many people thought we got our teeth done….” he laughed.

“I really do want to get them done, but not like that.”

He showed his actual teeth with a smile, as he said that “they were only McDonald’s straws”.

“Guys we are joking!!! These are McDonald’s straws,” he added in the comments on the original video.