Early Aesthetic Dentistry in the Philippines: An Anthropological Perspective

Angelina A. Atienza

Department of Basic Sciences, College of Dentistry, University of the Philippines Manila

Aesthetic dentistry in the manner of tooth modification or ornamentation existed in the Philippines long before the Spaniards first arrived. Tooth filing, gold pegging and staining were the popular methods used then. For beauty, style and not to have features similar to that of animals, have been cited as reasons for its practice.

Key Words: aesthetic dentistry, tooth modification, tooth filing, gold pegging, staining