George Washington's teeth not wooden
Jed Kirschbaum / The Baltimore Sun
|Light from a red laser scans a resin reproduction of the 1789 lower denture originally carved from Hippopatamus ivory for George Washington.Â|
Surfing around MSNBC tonight and I come across this rather interesting article.
I remember a few years ago while I was studying for my citizenship examÂ and someone told me that George Washington's teeth were wooden, I was pretty surprised, and I was thinking Ewww... that wouldn't feel good.Â Â Visualising the results of wood being left in liquid or a wet area for a long time...not a pretty picture if you have to chew on that!
Well this article uncovers the false beliefe that his dentures were made out of wood.Â The dentures are made from gold, ivory, lead, human and animal teeth (horse and donkey teeth were common components).Â Interesting combination huh?