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George Washington Wooden Teeth

Is it true that former President of the United States George Washington had wooden teeth? I bet you’ve been hearing this many times in your classroom. Allow us to give a brief explanation and answer to that question. However, before we continue let’s get to know Mr. President a little better, shall we?

George Washington Short History

Here’s what we learn from History.com about George Washington:

George Washington (1732-99) was commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War (1775-83) and served two terms as the first U.S. president, from 1789 to 1797. He refused to be elected for the third time.

He also organized the first United States Cabinet, US Navy, USA federal judiciary, as well as the Executive Branch. Another major role was bringing the amendments to US Constitution.

George Washington Teeth History

Now despite all of his achievement and contribution to the United States of America, apparently during his lifetime he’s been struggling against dental problems. According to our sources, the earliest record of him having dental problem was during his 20s. There’s a big chance that he also face some dental problems when he was a teenager, but it might not be as severe as the dental problems in his adulthood.

There are many speculations about why he’s having severe toothaches and other dental problems, but in general most people believe that the three most possible causes are poor diet, genetics reason, and less advanced oral hygiene.

George Washington finally decided to use dentures, created by Dr. John Baker. However, instead of wood, Dr. Baker used ivory instead of wood. He carved the ivory to match the oral anatomy of George Washington, and secure the denture by wiring it to the remaining teeth available.

You might be wondering now, then how come there’s a story about George Washington’s wooden teeth? Don’t worry, we have the answer to that too.

There are two possible reasons why the rumor of the wooden teeth spreads. The first one is the discoloration of the denture. The ivory-based denture color was fine, but it was exposed with various staining materials during that time (wine, smoke, tobacco?), which then turning the denture’s original color to wood-like color.

The second possible reason would be somehow political. It is not a secret that people tend to like and support leaders that is close to the heart of the commoners. The wooden denture could definitely helped George Washington to achieve that image.

What? You’re still insisting that George Washington really had wooden teeth? Well, why don’t you confirm it yourself by visiting Mount Vernon, the place where the last ivory denture still exists today.

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