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Dental crowns come in many different substances, one of the extra popular being gold. Because gold is a malleable substance practically insusceptible to erosion, it makes a good oral material for replacing pearly whites. However, golden teeth have held many different appeals throughout the years, and their suitability to replacing natural teeth is only one of the explanations as to why they’ve been popular.

The practice of using gold in dentistry can be traced to 2000 B.C. in Asia, where modifying chompers was considered attractive. Later, in the 16th-century Philippines, colonizing Spaniards found the locals had modified their chompers with gold; the Spaniards did not like this. At least in Asia, if not also in the Philippines, golden chompers were an indication of social status among the elite.

In the US, golden chompers have also played a role as status-signifiers. Early American boxer Jack Johnson wore golden tooth caps to signal his achievement, and more recently, Mike Tyson (who idolized Johnson) wore golden tooth caps. Professional musicians such as Ludacris, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Madonna have also worn golden and metal pearly whites as a fashion, in the form of “grillz.” Golden chompers are worn as a status symbol in many areas of the world.

Regardless of whether you have golden crowns, porcelain crowns or no crowns, the staff at Midlothian Dental Arts is ready to aid you in amping up your oral health to make your teeth shine. Please call 804-379-9177 to schedule your next visit with Dr. Jeryl Abbott and their team in Midlothian, Virginia.