Black spots on teeth

Hi, I haven't been to the dentist in 2 years after a bad experience, stupid I know. I have booked a dentist appointment for Thursday but I am scared. I have recently notices small black spots between some of my teeth and am just scared about what these could be. My teeth used to bleed but I have bought corsodyl toothpaste last week and the bleeding has stopped. Other than that, my teeth do not hurt, and I don't have any receeding gums. And my teeth look healthy other then that. Thanks a lot

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Answer: Dark spots on teeth

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

You took the first step by scheduling an appointment.  The dark areas you are seeing could be a number of things.  First, since it has been sometime since your last professional dental cleaning, it may be plaque or tartar buildup that is beginning to stain from food and drinks.  Second, it could be the start of a carious lesion, or interproximal decay.  This is a cavity that forms in between the teeth as a result of not flossing and removing the harmful plaque and bacteria.  Third, it can just be stain.  At your appointment, they will take dental xrays called bitewings that check for decay in between the teeth.  It is best to catch these areas and have them restored if necessary when they are small.  Be sure to floss at least once a day to reduce your chances of interproximal caries.  

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