A Brief History of Dentures

Did George Washington Have Wooden Teeth? A Brief History of Dentures

We cannot tell a lie— there are a lot of myths and legends celebrating our country’s first president. Even the lovely anecdote about chopping down the cherry tree is of questionable accuracy. One thing is true—18th century dentistry left a lot to be desired. When Washington was president, he had only one natural tooth left and had a set of dentures. These dentures were made of several materials, but wood was not one of them. By taking a look at the fascinating history of dentures, we can appreciate the marvel of modern dental technology.