The correct term to describe what is commonly referred to as “gap teeth” or “open teeth” is diastema. A diastema is a gap or space between two or more teeth. It is a normal variation in tooth spacing and can occur naturally or as a result of other factors such as improper bite, thumb-sucking, or loss of baby teeth.
Other health facts related to diastema:
- It can cause difficulty in speaking or biting.
- It can also lead to gum irritation and infection.
- In some cases, it can be closed with orthodontic treatment or dental bonding.
- In rare cases, diastema can indicate underlying health issues such as dental problems or hormonal imbalances.
- Good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing regularly, can help prevent the development of diastema and other dental problems.