Taking a BITE Out of History

In honor of April Fool’s Day, we thought we’d dispel a myth instead of creating a new one. It’s about George Washington’s teeth.

Contrary to what most of us were taught in school, our first president’s dentures were NOT made of wood but of lead, ivory, gold and even donkey, cow, horse and human teeth. george 200

According to Dr. Susan Schoelwer, Curator at Mount Vernon, George Washington starting losing his teeth in his mid-twenties. By the time he became president in 1789, he may have had only one original tooth. His dentures contained uncomfortable metal springs on the sides that allowed his teeth to open. In order to keep the spring closed he had to keep his jaw clenched. No wonder poor George looks so serious on that dollar bill!

Williamsburg Dental offers you so many safe and pain-free ways to restore your smile. Wouldn’t George be beaming if he came to see us?