Wooden Dentures

Wooden Teeth Myth | George Washington's Mount Vernon  July 18, 2012 – 06:28 am
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Next to the Cherry Tree legend, the story that George Washington wore wooden dentures arguably remains the most widespread and enduring myth about Washington's personal life. While Washington certainly suffered from dental problems and wore multiple sets of dentures composed of a variety of materials—including ivory, gold, and lead—wood was never used in Washington's dentures nor was it commonly employed by dentists in his era.

Nevertheless, even into the mid-twentieth century scholars published studies of Washington describing his false teeth as being crafted out of wood. Today older adults still remember being taught this tale in school, and the National Museum of Dentistry, the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, and the Papers of George Washington project at the University of Virginia find these mythical dentures a common subject of interest for visitors.

The origin of this myth remains unclear. The standard, and most likely, explanation given by dental scientists and historians is that the ivory employed in the dentures fabricated for Washington by dentist John Greenwood became stained over time, giving them a grained, wooden appearance that misled later observers. Indeed, in a 1798 letter to Washington, Greenwood emphasized the importance of cleaning these dentures regularly after examining ones Washington had used and sent to him for repair: "the sett you sent me from philadelphia...was very black...Port wine being sower takes of[f] all the polish."1

The now discredited story of Washington's wooden teeth does reflect elements of truth, however. For instance, in one version of this myth Washington carved the wooden teeth himself, and it is true that on occasion he made his own repairs to the dentures made by Greenwood.2 Furthermore, the myth of the wooden teeth remains the only myth associated with a major Founder that calls attention to the individual's physical frailty and thus serves as a reminder of the genuine struggles Washington experienced as he sacrificed his health in public service.

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Washington called attention to the "frequent interruptions in my health to the gradual waste committed on it by time, " for instance, in his First Inaugural Address in 1789, a speech he delivered when he had only a single remaining natural tooth.3 The myth of Washington's wooden teeth conventionally imagines such wooden contraptions as understandably painful to wear, thus supposedly explaining Washington's dour expression in his most well-known portraits.

Source: www.mountvernon.org


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George Washington had wooden dentures

Fiction
"The dentures are made from gold, ivory, lead, human and animal teeth (horse and donkey teeth were common components)."
Hatters were actually "mad" (crazy)
True---sort of
Mad hatter disease describes the symptoms of mercury poisoning, specifically its effect on the nervous system. These include paraesthesias, vision and hearing impairment, slurred speech, anxiety, hallucinations, irritability, depression, lack of coordination, and tremors. The condition was observed among workers in the hat-making industry in the 19th century. Chronic mercury exposure was common in hatters who used a mercury solution during the process of curing animal pelts

My wooden dentures will protect man or dog.. here Molly

Official yf reply ? yf--- ? 01/04 10:53:31
I think the fireman was wrong to.
But the year in jail and a ruined life is more wrong.
A dog has been unkept is punishable. But this puts the uncut
nails and ear infection, the sores. Maybe lack of compasion,
maybe a hefty fine to teach a lesson.
But the reason I was so strong is this, We dont know the
fireman nor the dog.
But my bet is he is a regualr guy with a mortgage a wife 2
kids and a dog. Most 52 year old men loose everything when
they loose a career. who supports the wife and kids, the
house note? likely no one

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