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Still Waters

Dentures: George Washington’s biggest battle

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We have all heard the tales about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, throwing a silver dollar across the Potomac River and, of course, wearing wooden teeth.

They are all just myths, but one thing is certain: The father of our country suffered horribly with dental pain. Today, the dental profession has many ways to relieve dental pain and to replace missing teeth so that they look and feel like natural ones. Unfortunately for Washington, 18th-century dentistry could not provide the much sought-after relief from dental suffering available today.

I am a professor of dentistry who has studied the history of Washington’s teeth and have found it very interesting separating fact from fiction regarding Washington’s oral health.

https://theconversation.com/george-washingtons-biggest-battle-with-his-dentures-made-from-hippo-ivory-and-maybe-slaves-teeth-119271

 

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OverSword

Made from hippo ivory and maybe the teeth of slaves.....grim.  Why do I get the feeling they may not have waited until the slave was dead?

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Not A Rockstar

Selling your healthy teeth was a way to make some cash in those days. The article shows an entry where "negros" were paid for several by Washington.

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and then

He also suffered from severe bowel issues.  Considering the chronic pain of those conditions, it's even more impressive that he accomplished as much as he did.  He was the real deal.

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hetrodoxly

It was common in this period to take the teeth from the dead on the battle field.

I've visited his English family home Sulgrave Manor they moved there around 1600 from Washington Tyne and Wear, their Anglo Saxon name (they can trace his family back a long way) is originally "Hwæssingatūn", meaning "estates of the descendents of Hwæssa" (Hwæssa being rendered Wassa.

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hetrodoxly

Another thing of interest is George Washington's 'family coat of arms' is stars and stripes.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?

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