The Medical Lives of History`s Famous People

George Washingtonʼs Teeth or, the Lack Thereof

Author(s): William James Maloney

Pp: 177-184 (8)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608059362114010034

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Myths and legends surround every aspect of the life of George Washington. Prominent among the Washingtonian myths is that he had wooden teeth. Washington never had teeth made of wood. They were the most modern dentures of the time. They were also very uncomfortable and painful. Millions of individuals worldwide, like Washington, have lost some or all of their natural teeth. There are various causes for tooth loss. There are also multiple treatment options to replace the missing teeth. Such options include dentures, dental implants, and cemented dental bridges.

Keywords: Cemented dental bridges, complete dentures, fluoride, Marshalsea Prison, mouthrinses, myths, partial dentures, Popeʼs Creek, surveyor, wooden teeth.

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