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Black Teeth (Ohaguro) | Lesley Downer » Lesley Downer explores the practice of ohaguro teeth-blackening in 1850s Japan

Ohaguro, the Japanese teeth-blackening custom, known to have been practised from the Kofun period, was shared by ancient Southeast Asian tribes » Ohaguro, according to Wikipedia,  is a custom of dyeing one’s teeth black and an aristocratic term. It was practised since prehistoric times (traces of blackened teeth can be seen in the buri…

r/horrorlit on Reddit: Lit friends, wtf is up with Nothing But Blackened Teeth? » Posted by u/callmeponyo - 95 votes and 127 comments

Book Review — "Nothing But Blackened Teeth" — Fearsome Queer » Once the gore kicks into gear, it doesn’t let up.

r/HistoryMemes on Reddit: In Japan some women would dye their teeth black as a fashion trend and it has been around for a very long time » Posted by u/ReflectionSingle6681 - 8,076 votes and 107 comments

Ohaguro: The Beauty of Blackened Teeth in Old Japan | LIVE JAPAN travel guide » When you think of a smile, what immediately comes to mind? Most likely a set of lips parting to show bright white and spotless teeth, like the smiles we know from toothpaste commercials. Would you be shocked if the white teeth you were expecting were actually…pitch black? Ohaguro, the Japanese custom of blackening one's teeth is an ancient one. Those who have come in contact with Japan’s culture and customs may have already heard about the pitch black smile of the women of days past–the tradition is indeed a rich one.

The Japanese Teeth Blackening Culture » A tradition that considers black teeth beautiful

A Review of Cassandra Khaw’s “Nothing but Blackened Teeth” » Judging a Book by Its Cover, Part II

Ohaguro » Ohaguro (お歯黒) is a custom of dyeing one's teeth black. It was most popular in Japan until the Meiji era. Tooth painting is also known and practiced in the southeastern parts of China , Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia. Dyeing is mainly done by married women, though occasionally men do it as well. It was also beneficial, as it prevented tooth decay, in a similar fashion to modern dental sealants.


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