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1732

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  • February 22 - George Washington, First President of the United States. Washington was famous for his "wooden" dentures, which weren't made of wood. "They were carved from hippopotamus ivory and elephant ivory. Sometimes the teeth were set in gold. His dentures had gold springs to hold the upper and lower teeth together." "By the time Washington was inaugurated as the first President in 1789, he had only one natural tooth left in his mouth."[1]


References

  1. http://www.dentalmuseum.org/gw/02teeth.htm