When you think of getting body art, typically a visit to your dentist doesn’t pop into mind. Well now, there is a trend known as tooth tattooing, tooth art or grills, also know as TATTOOTH.
Apparently skin is not only place that can be decorated with a tattoo.
Bored of seeing your single color white teeth every day? Want to give new look to your
teeth?? You could do some amazing stuff to your teeth. Go…..Get them tattooed now.
Tooth tattoos and tooth jewels have become one of the hottest fashion trends, and a very popular new trend in cosmetic dentistry in many countries all around the world.
Definition of tattoo by Wikipedia is the following: A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment.
The American Academy of Dermatology distinguishes five types of tattoos:
¬* traumatic tattoos, also called “natural tattoos”, that result from injuries, especially asphalt from road injuries or pencil lead; sometimes from dental filling or crowns.
* amateur tattoos; it can be applied by someone, at home, using a needle and a bottle of India ink.
* professional tattoos, both via traditional methods and modern tattoo machines; it is applied uniformly beneath the skin as opposed to an amateur tattoo which is applied at varying depths.
* cosmetic tattoos, also known as “permanent makeup”; eyebrows, lip liner or even permanent lipstick.
* and medical tattoos: As a warning that a patient suffers from a chronic disease or allergy.

Tattoos has been the trend for so long, as the oldest evidence of extant tattooing on preserved skin dates to 6000 BC on the a South American Chinchorro mummy. Archeological specimen o tattoo tools has been found dating as far 60.000 years.
The ancient inhabitants of Easter Island believed tattooing their skin madeit sacred and allowed them to speak directly to the Gods. Their tattoos included facial markings of bold lines and dots from one side of their foreheads to the other.
The symbolism and impact of tattoos varies in different places and cultures. Many tattoos serve as rites of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, sexual lures and marks of fertility, pledges of love, punishment, amulets and talismans, protection, and as the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts.

Nowadays, some big companies use tattooing for marketing, as they pay some people to get tattooed with the logo of the company.
Tattoo represents important health risks. It could be as simple as allergic reaction, or even infection, that goes from simple infection of the site of injection to contamination of diseases like AIDS or Hepatitis due to multiple use and lack of disinfection of the needles. The risks are reduced by following universal precautions working with single-use items and sterilizing the equipment after each use.
In the last century we saw new trends in tattooing, which includes the following:
– Eyeball tattoo
– Tongue tattoo
– Fluorescent tattoo
– Animal tattoo
– Accessories tattoo
– Hair Tattoo
– Inside lip tattoo
– Palate tattoo.
– Dental Tattoo.

Among all this craziness, Dental Tattoos are the safest and cutest. Here’s the latest buzz in the fashion scene… It’s called tooth art. Tattooth (tattoos on the teeth) have evolved. Dental tattoos are not new: it started in the over 10yars ago when hippo singers and rappers started sporting them in their music videos and youngsters stared aping them.

Two kinds of dental tattoos are available :
1) Permanent: where the tattoo is inked on ceramic and then placed at the crown of the teeth. Then there’s the temporary stick-on tattoo, similar to nail art. It’s in vogue now. In permanent tattoos, first the dentist grinds the teeth structure for the fabrication of the cap/crown using a drill. Then the dentist makes an impression of the tooth which is being prepared for the crown. Later a photograph is sent to the tattoo artist / lab which designs it on the false teeth. The inked tooth is then cemented back on the crown of the tooth by the dentist.
2) Temporary: are called temporary tooth decals. It is a direct stick-on .

There’s no specific precautions one needs to take, apart from cleaning tattooed teeth and brushing regularly.
Dental tattoos are usually safe and harmless, unless they are three-dimensional gold characters that are bonded to a patient’s front teeth.Then it is possible that plaque can build up around the tattoo, causing an increasing chance of tooth decay. They seem to be easily removed, so if patients do elect to have them placed on their teeth, the dentist would encourage them not to leave them for a long period of time.

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