More than you ever wanted to know about George Washington’s teeth

When George Washington became the first president of the U.S. he had only one remaining tooth – a lower left premolar tooth.  Such we learn from a new biography written by Ron Chernow.   The author conjectures about the implications of this single remaining tooth: Washington was reticent in his later years – did his dental problems inhibit his speaking?  Did it affect his attitude toward slavery – he acquired slaves’ teeth, maybe to use in his dentures.  You can even pay a visit to see this single tooth, as Mr. Chernow did in researching his very thorough biography.  The tooth is kept at a medical library (hopefully in safety!).

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