Here is something for fathers day from the father of our country, his teeth.
George Washington suffered from poor dental health and spent his
life in frequent mouth pain. He used a variety of tooth cleaners,
dental medicines, and dentures. Dr. John Baker fabricated a partial
denture with ivory that was wired to Washington’s remaining real
teeth. When Washington was inaugurated President in 1789, only one
real tooth remained in his mouth.
Dr. Greenwood fashioned a set of dentures of hippopotamus ivory and
gold wire springs and brass screws holding human teeth. Greenwood
left a hole to accommodate Washington’s single tooth. When
Washington finally lost this final tooth, he gave it to Greenwood
who saved it in a special case.