Jul 8 2019

George Washington’s Teeth

July 8th, 2019 | Posted By: Jill Decker | Posted in News

George Washington suffered from poor oral health throughout his adulthood. In 1789, when Washington became President, he only had one real tooth remaining in his mouth. Contrary to belief, none of Washington’s “fake teeth” were made of wood, but actually his dentures fabricated out of hippopotamus ivory and animal/human teeth. Although technologically advanced at the time, these dentures were painful and made it challenging to talk and eat.

There are plenty of lessons to learn from the life of George Washington, but perhaps the most important is… YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY BRUSH AND FLOSS YOUR TEETH!