What Were George Washington's Dentures Made Of?

What Were George Washington's Dentures Made Of?

When George Washington took office on April 30, 1789, he only had one single tooth—a premolar. The dentures he wore to disguise his toothlessness were made of several materials: the teeth of horses or asses, cows, and humans, all mounted on lead "gums." There is no evidence to suggest that his teeth, nor those of anyone else in that time, were ever made of wood.

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from George Washington's Mount Vernon

Key Facts In This Video

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    There is only one complete surviving set of George Washington's teeth. (0:13)

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    George Washington started losing his teeth in his mid-20s. (0:26)

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    George Washington's teeth have a lead base, and the teeth are those of horses or asses, cows, and humans. (1:02)

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