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George Washington-Did he really have wooden teeth?

George Washington-Did he really have wooden teeth?

No, the “Father of his Country” did not have wooden teeth. He was born February 22, 1732. He began losing his teeth in his twenties, and by the time he was elected president, he only had one tooth left. In 1789 when he was inaugurated into his first term, he wore a pair made from carved hippopotamus ivory and gold!  George Washington had four known sets of dentures.  Washington’s dentist, Dr. John Greenwood used human, cow, horse, and donkey teeth along with gold and springs to create the dentures. Some think that the myth of wooden teeth came from the Dentist’s last name, Greenwood. Although one set of the former Presidents dentures mysteriously went missing from the Smithsonian, you can still find 3 other pairs in various museums, including the Smithsonian’s Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Mt. Vernon Visitors Center.

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