When it comes to our smile, the smallest details can make a big difference, especially when talking about the colour of the teeth. At the White Clinic® we see this a lot: an otherwise healthy mouth looks bad because of the stains on the teeth.
This affects the patients so much! When we’re unhappy with our mouth, we tend to smile less and worry more and more about how people perceive us. But luckily, most of the problems with stained teeth can be easily solved!
The Black Line Stain usually appears along the gum line, on the outer side of the enamel. This stain is not worrying by itself, since it doesn’t mean you might have cavities, but it can be related to a poor oral hygiene.
It’s actually caused by an iron composite, produced by the bacteria and iron ions present in the saliva. It’s more commonly found in children who still have their milk teeth.
The only way to get rid of it is with the help of your Hygienist! In fact, this black line is erased purely by aesthetic reasons, since it doesn’t affect your oral health.
If you think you can have it, make an appointment with your doctor and have it checked out! A simple cleaning will make it disappear, even though it will probably appear again.
Always make sure you brush your teeth with a good toothpaste and using soft, circular movements. A good oral hygiene goes a long way in the treatment and prevention of this sort of problems, and, as they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
It’s really amazing what Dentistry and medical technology can do nowadays. But, as a doctor, I always say that the most important thing is to have the patient’s help. If a patient doesn’t take care of himself, then there’s not much a doctor can do!
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