George Washington Gallery
The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry will be closed to the public Monday, September 2nd, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, September, 3rd at our normal time. Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Immerse yourself in an 18th century presidential parlor; discover what the first President of the United States had to go through because of problems with his mouth and learn about Dr. John Greenwood, the man behind Washington's smile.
We cannot tell a lie. He never had wooden teeth.
Contrary to popular belief, Washington never wore wooden dentures and neither did anyone in America. Instead, his dentures were made primarly of ivory (most likely hoppopotamus) and used gold springs to hold them in place.
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The University of Maryland, Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry is a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.