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Facts about George Washington’s Teeth

On a recent trip to Baltimore, I found myself in search of one of the Smithsonian’s little publicized museums.  On the Campus of the University of Maryland in the School of Dentistry sits the National Museum of Dentistry.  It is a national treasure that many people don’t know of. It not only houses the history of dentistry but they display the actual teeth of our first president, George Washington. I was on a quest to see those teeth and found so much more.

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Fun facts to know:

  • To begin, let’s put the wooden teeth myth to rest. While he had many different sets of teeth, there is no record of any of them being wooden.   The ones on display were either made of hippopotamus bone, or gold and extracted teeth.  The teeth are held in place with small gold pins and a flesh colored wax was applied to the bone for, “esthetics.”
  • There was also a set made of gold. This set had a spring attachment in the back to help keep them in the right place. Gold is a heavy metal and while it is helpful to have that weight in the bottom denture, I am sure it was a disadvantage when trying to wear a gold upper denture.
  • Washington’s favorite dentist was Dr. John Greenwood of New York City. He made many sets of teeth for our washington-teethpresident and Washington was not afraid to tinker with them to make them, “easy on the mouth”. The molar on the right side in this photo is Mr. Washington’s actual molar. The hole on the left side allowed Mr. Washington’s only remaining bicuspid to protrude through the denture.
  • When sitting for a portrait, Mr. Washington had to have cotton stuffed into his mouth for lip support. The amount of cotton varied with each portrait and so did his appearance. It is evident when you compare portraits side by side as they do in the museum.
  • George Washington was buried with a set of teeth from Dr. Greenwood.

Janelle Ferber-Stumpf D.D.S.

Making smiles beautiful since 1983

N28 W23000 Roundy Drive

Pewaukee, Wi   53072




What Causes Gum Pain in Someone with False Teeth?

photo_17145_20100531How Old are the Dentures?

If root tips were left in the bone when the dentures were made, they could cause some pain. It could also be a sore spot from the denture rubbing. How old are the dentures? If they are more than 5 yrs. old, you need new teeth. That is the life of a denture. Your mouth is always changing and the teeth wear down. They do not last a lifetime. Your original teeth were supposed to do that.

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Pewaukee, WI 53072

Special Care for Diabetes Patients


Maintaining Proper Blood Glucose Levels and Oral Health is Essential

If you have diabetes, the number one thing you can do for your oral health is keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible. Here’s why: When your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you’re more likely to develop gum disease and lose teeth than people who don’t have diabetes. In turn, gum disease could cause your blood sugar to rise, making your diabetes harder to control. So it’s imperative that you keep your teeth and gums clean by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. And if you wear dentures, remove and clean them every day.

Keeping up with twice yearly dental visits is also crucial for patients with diabetes. A professional cleaning is the only way to remove the plaque and tartar that lead to gum disease. Also be sure to discuss your diabetes status and current medications with your dentist at each dental visit.

Warning Signs: Gum Disease


Because diabetes makes you more prone to developing gum disease, it’s important to be able to identify the warning signs. These are the most common:

– Bleeding gums when you brush or floss

– Red, swollen or tender gums

– Receding gums

– Pus between the teeth and gums

– Persistent bad breath

– Loose permanent teeth

– Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

– Changes in the fit of partial dentures or a dental bridge

Also keep an eye on other symptoms that might develop, including white patches on your tongue, which could indicate oral thrush, an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and soreness and ulcers in the mouth, which could be a sign of dry mouth. If you notice any of these symptoms, see your dentist.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072