Sunday, March 24, 2013

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President George Washington's Teeth

There are many myths about George Washington and one of the biggest myths are the fact that his false teeth were made of wood.  George Washington did have false teeth but the fact is that his false teeth were more then likely made of metal or ivory.  According to many historians George Washington had false teeth made of metal, a cows tooth and hippopotamus ivory.
George Washington had false teeth at a young age and by his second inaugural address he only had one real tooth left.  Dentistry back in the seventeen hundreds was basically non-existent and therefore the dentures that George Washington had in were extremely painful and many said he only wore them when he had to give a speech.  Therefore many of George Washington’s public appearances were cut very short and he generally would not speak very long.


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