In the early 1600s Japanese women made their teeth black to show loyalty to their husbands.
Ohaguro is the term for this custom of dyeing one's teeth black. It was most popular in Japan until the Meiji era. Tooth painting was also known and practiced in the southeastern parts of China and Southeast Asia. Dyeing was mainly done by married women, although occasionally, men did it as well. It was also reported as beneficial, as it prevented tooth decay in a similar fashion to modern dental sealants.