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Letter from General Washington to His Dentist

Letter from General Washington to His Dentist

On the 29th of May, 1781, General Washington needed help from his dentist. Dr. Baker worked in Philadelphia and had previously extracted some of Washington's teeth.

George ended up with false teeth. They were carved from hippopotamus ivory and cow's tooth and were held inside his mouth by means of metal springs. Because his replacement teeth were a bit large for his mouth, Washington had an unusual expression which we can see in his portraits.

He wrote this letter to ask Dr. Baker for cleaning materials. It was captured by the British before Dr. Baker could read it.

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Image, courtesy University of Michigan, Clements Library.

 

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