“Yes, women do wear grills or a gold tooth—and it’s even sexier when we smirk.” -Arta
Gold teeth were first present in America during the Jim Crow era. Originally it had become a tradition in Louisiana and around the Mississippi Delta after the slave trade. During Jim Crow, it was believed that many African Americans who were former slaves began getting the gold caps to replace their rotting teeth. It later became a symbol of wealth and freedom for the slaves that once worked on the plantations fields in south Louisiana.
Historically, gold teeth were indicative of wealth and prosperity. Many cultures ranging from Asian to Africa used gold teeth as a status symbol of power.