• George Washington’s Teeth Were Not Made of Wood

    And he never chopped down that cherry tree either. These legends have stood for centuries. But they’re just myths. It’s likely that the ivory in his dentures became stained over time, giving them a wooden complexion. But false teeth made of wood? That’s simply … false.
    In fact, wooden teeth aren’t even possible. The corrosive effects of saliva would erode them and turn them into mush over time. So what were George Washington’s teeth made of?

    Well, a variety of things. Bone. Hippopotamus ivory. Other teeth. He had a handful of full and partial dentures throughout his life, as he suffered from numerous dental problems. Maybe that’s why we never see him smiling in pictures.

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