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Were you aware that in 1976, more than 150 years after his death, George Washington was promoted to Six Star General in the U.S. military? This highest promotion was made only for Washington, meaning that no U.S. military officer can ever outrank him. Read on to learn a little bit more about Washington’s famous false teeth.

George Washington is perhaps the most famous denture-wearer to Americans, but lots of the things we’ve heard aren’t correct. Though John Adams claimed Washington lost his chompers due to his love of Brazil nuts and his penchant to crack them open with his chompers, modern historians think that it was mercury oxide, a widely-used medicine at the time, that most likely caused Washington’s tooth loss issue.

Contrary to common belief, none of Washington’s pearly whites were created of wood: Washington’s four sets of dentures were fashioned from substances including hippo ivory, elephant ivory and real human chompers. Unfortunately, Washington’s oral problems left him in near-constant discomfort. Today, dentures are made from resins that make sure robustness and real-life resemblance; please ask us about false teeth on your next appointment if you or a loved one are missing several pearly whites.

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