Tooth modification in Asia and Africa.

Tooth modification was done in Asia and Africa for cultural, religious and identification reason. Tooth blackening (Ohaguro) in Japan was a symbol of maturity and beauty. they also believed tooth  blackening prevent from tooth decay. In Bangladesh, India, Vietnam  tooth was darken by betel nut. Betel nut is more like a tobacco which leaves stained on the tooth. A betel chew is made up of several ingredients: betel leaf, slivers of areca palm nut and a bit of lime paste. The pieces of nut covered with lime paste are wrapped in a leaf of the betel pepper vine. In Africa nowadays they pull out maxillary four incisors (both central and lateral) for fashion in Cape Town. Years ago they would grind their teeth giving them a “v” shape; which was very painful. It was done for many reasons; one is to child should show no pain when entering to adulthood. Some did it for tribe identification and some sacrifice for religion.


8 responses to “Tooth modification in Asia and Africa.

  1. Great abstract. I see that you have two different cultures that you had picked. One, Asia, and the other, Africa. Here is a question for you. Since you mentioned these two cultures, what are these two related? You already basically answered the similarities, but what are they related to? Great work! I would like to hear more if you don’t mind uploading your paper to the open lab site. Thanks.

    Lawrence Lee

  2. We can say they’re related in this sense that in Japan they blacken their teeth was a symbol of maturity and in Africa they grind their children tooth to give it a “v” shape was symbol to enter to adulthood; children should show no pain. hope i answered your question. and i will send you the paper. if u have further question feel free to ask.

  3. I really like your abstrct.I had briefly read about the Asia and African culture as well .I understood because I came from part of Asia it is true, nice job

  4. Great abstract. I did my topic on teeth blackening in Ancient Japan. I didn’t know that this practice was practiced in many other areas as well and with different types of procedures. Nice job.

  5. I really enjoyed reading your abstract, it definitely caught my attention. Great summarization on what you assignment is all about. My only criticism would be to check your grammar mistake towards the end of your abstract. For example, when you wrote “one is to child….”. Otherwise great job.

  6. I very liked your work. Currently i am conducting a paper on similar topics, thus I gone through your work. thank you!

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