Black teeth: beauty or caries prevention? Practice and beliefs of the Kammu people.

  title={Black teeth: beauty or caries prevention? Practice and beliefs of the Kammu people.},
  author={G. L. Tayanin and D. Bratthall},
  journal={Community dentistry and oral epidemiology},
  volume={34 2},
  • G. L. Tayanin, D. Bratthall
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine
  • Community dentistry and oral epidemiology
  • BACKGROUND To be beautiful and caries-free, Kammu women in Laos and Vietnam habitually paint their teeth black. Although this practice existed for many generations, it is now known only among the elderly. OBJECTIVES To describe how the tooth-blackening procedure is performed and to test the black stain for possible antimicrobial effects in laboratory experiments. METHODS Information on how to blacken teeth was obtained by interviewing groups of elderly Kammu people living in different… CONTINUE READING
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