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Spaces Between Teeth - Symptoms, Causes and Prevention

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Summary about Spaces Between Teeth

Diastema is a medical term for the space between teeth; Urdu meaning is (دانتوں کے درمیان خالی جگہیں) it can develop between any of your teeth. However, it is most noticeable when there is a space between your upper front teeth due to its position. When a person's teeth are too tiny for the jaw bone, spaces might develop. As a result, the teeth are too far apart. Genetics can influence the size of your teeth and jaw bone. Therefore diastema can run in families.

Symptoms of Spaces Between Teeth

A visible gap between teeth is the only sign of a diastema; the space can form between any of your teeth.

Causes of Spaces Between Teeth

Spaces between teeth can occur because of the following reasons:

  • Teeth size, shape, and position: Teeth with unusual sizes, shapes, or positions may have gaps between them.
  • Periodontal disease: Gum disease, often known as periodontitis, is an inflammation of the gums. It has the potential to harm the tissue and bone that support your teeth. This can lead to tooth deterioration and the formation of gaps.
  • Obstacles in your mouth: Gaps can emerge if you have extra teeth (supernumerary teeth) or infant teeth that do not fall in time.
  • Poor habits: Some unhealthy practices might lead to tooth gaps like biting your lower lip or chewing on your fingers frequently; this puts pressure on your front teeth, causing them to protrude outwards.


Treatment for a diastema may or may not be required depending on its underlying cause. The most common treatment for spaces between teeth include:

  • Braces
  • Cosmetic procedures to fill gaps 
  • Gum Disease Treatment (if needed)

Preventive Measures of Spaces Between Teeth

If the space between teeth is due to genetic reasons, then it can not be prevented. There are, however, some precautions you can take to reduce your chances of getting one:

  • Help your kid break any harmful habits, such as thumb sucking
  • To avoid gum disease, brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day
  • Have your teeth cleaned regularly by your dentist. Even if you brush and floss on a regular basis, you may not be able to remove all of the plaque. Only during your dental cleaning can hardened plaque be removed.