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What Are Black Spots on Teeth?
If you notice a small black spot on one of your teeth, you may wonder if it's cause for concern. And quite rightly so, because tooth decay is the most worrisome potential cause of getting a black spot on your teeth. Plaque and tartar buildup on teeth causes tooth decay by allowing sugar, bacteria, and acid to adhere to the teeth and erode the enamel and mineral structure.
If your dentist rules out a cavity or if the black spot on your tooth isn't painful, it may be nothing more than a tiny pigment stain. Sometimes, black or brown spots become apparent on various areas of the teeth when stains, such as remnants of colored food or drink, build up in the protein-based enamel-protecting coating.
Tooth stains or spots that are dark brown or black in color are typically brought on by frequently drinking coffee, tea, wine, or carbonated beverages or by using tobacco products.
Likely, it could be causing some annoyance or embarrassment, so you'll want to know how to get rid of it. If so, you could try some home remedies to remove the stain as gently as possible.
Treatment and Home Remedies
Treatments administered at a dental office or through self-care at home can assist in removing the discoloration of a black spot on a tooth. The majority of superficial surface stains are easily removed by a simple scale and polish at your dentist. Some dentists are also able to offer a thorough cleaning using a prophy-jet system, which uses bicarbonate particles to blast the spots away.
If you'd prefer to try removing the spot yourself at home, and are willing to exercise some patience, there are several home remedies you could try that are effective at dental stain removal.
1. Teeth Whitening Toothpaste
Many toothpaste varieties contain sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, which makes it easier to remove stains. Although this kind of toothpaste uses a small amount, baking soda is a potent substance. But then, such abrasives are a key ingredient in whitening toothpaste; they are needed to polish the teeth to make it easier for the chemicals to penetrate the black spot.
You may consider opting for a professional teeth-whitening procedure to get a more professional result. But if you're just looking to remove one black spot from one tooth, whitening toothpaste is an inexpensive and simple choice. You can simply apply it daily to the tooth of concern, or brush all your teeth with it if you wish.
Don't expect to see overnight results though; breaking down any kind of stain on a tooth using whitening toothpaste is likely to take some time. Also, tooth sensitivity and minor gum irritation are typical side effects that you may experience when using this method.
2. Baking Soda Mixture
When combined with water to form a paste, baking soda is highly effective at removing black spots from teeth due to staining. The paste essentially traps pigment and odor in baking soda and safely works to lift the stain from the tooth. More and more of the stain is removed from the tooth after each application.
In a small bowl, combine equal parts of baking soda and water to make a paste. Dip your toothbrush into the soda mixture, making sure to coat each tooth completely. Then gently brush in circular motions. Continue brushing for about a minute, and then thoroughly rinse with water.
3. Teeth Whitening Strips
These are common dental products that may assist in removing stains and brightening the teeth. They can be a simpler and less expensive option, even though they are not as effective as treatments received at a dentist's office.
If the black spot is buried within a molar, a tooth whitening strip might not be as effective at removing it. Teeth whitening strips are a good solution to try if the spot is close to the gum line or on the side of a tooth.
Also, people should be cautious when using these strips and pay attention to the ingredients. These peroxide-based tooth-bleaching products typically need to be applied once or twice daily for 10 to 14 days, either directly to the teeth with a brush or using a thin strip. For this reason, daily treatment is not usually recommended.
4. Teeth Whitening Gel
Whitening gels can be useful in getting rid of stains such as painless black spots. Check to see if an active component, such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, is present in the gel you purchase. Gels containing hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide both contribute to whitening and removing black spots or stains from teeth.
Apply the gel to the black spot on your tooth and follow the instructions on the packaging to know how long it should be kept on. Be aware that if you leave teeth whitening gel on for too long, it may cause damage to your teeth. This is because the tooth's strength is reduced during the whitening process, making it more susceptible to wear and damage. Additionally, sodium chlorite can severely weaken enamel if it is left on the teeth for an extended period, making them vulnerable to further harm.
A black spot on a tooth may be caused by a cavity that requires professional dental treatment. However, it may simply be a dental stain that has formed in the form of a tiny dark mark. They can appear in many different locations: on the side of a tooth, near the gum, inside a molar, or sometimes even on top of a filling. When a black spot such as this appears but there is no pain present, staining is a plausible cause.
How to remove the black spot will depend on its severity and your preferences. A dentist may remove it professionally if you wish. However, these home remedies are an inexpensive option to try if you're willing to be patient.
Do note, however, that some of these home remedies are abrasive and can scratch tooth enamel. This can make it more susceptible to staining, so it's always advisable to ask a dental professional for advice.
Sources and Further Reading
- Tooth Whitening - Wikipedia
Tooth whitening can be achieved by changing the intrinsic or extrinsic color of the tooth enamel.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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