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Grave robber steals teeth of Brahms, Strauss (The History Blog)

An interesting history-related post from The History Blog:

Brahms' grave, Viennese Central CemeteryA Czech man known only as “OJ” (the initials of his first and last name) filmed himself purportedly breaking into the tombs of Romantic composer Johannes Brahms and Waltz King Johann Strauss, Jr. in the Viennese Central Cemetery to steal their teeth for a dental museum he either already owns or wants to open. In the film, he picks up a skull and removes a tooth with a pair of pliers, then walks past grave after grave undisturbed. He uploaded the video to his website along with pictures of an open grave and of Brahms’ dental prosthesis.

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Washington’s Teeth (American Presidents Blog)

An interesting history-related post from American Presidents Blog:


You can find the museum of dental history online and they currently have an exhibit on Washington up! You can learn about his teeth there as well as Colonial dentistry:
There are entries in his diary about his teeth. One example is "Monday, 18 January (1790) Still indisposed with an aching tooth, and swelled and inflamed gum".

During his life, Washington had nine different dentists. Even his physician extracted teeth for him. His dentists made him many sets of false teeth. Many of his dentures were uncomfortable. One dentist was able to make teeth for Washington that were comfortable. He ...

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The Truth About George Washington’s False Teeth (American Revolution and Founding Era)

An interesting history-related post from American Revolution and Founding Era:

A subject that has long fascinated Americans of every age is that of George Washington and his false teeth. Standing at over six feet tall with a lean, muscular body, George Washington embodied physical toughness and rugged strength. He successfully fought off many illnesses in his life, but one area of his physique that showed serious wear and vulnerability was his mouth. Washington had terrible dental health.

Tooth decay was, of course, a serious problem prior to modern era advances in dentistry. Not surprisingly, Washington fell victim to this malady. Unfortunately for Washington, it was a particularly painful and debilitating ...

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The Viking with Filed Teeth (About.com European History)

An interesting history-related post from About.com European History:

Archaeologists are currently examining fifty four bodies found in a mass burial pit in 2009, in Dorset. The bodies date to between AD970 and 1025, and probably contain soldiers, as they appear to have seen vicious combat. However, one of the bodies has stood out, because its teeth had been deliberately filed while he was alive. The archaeologists aren't sure why this man had these grooves in his teeth, but suggest it might have been to scare opponents or show status. The BBC has some photos and quotes.

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George Washington’s Teeth, Yet Again (Boston 1775)

An interesting history-related post from Boston 1775:

There are only two more years to visit Mount Vernon and see the teeth that Boston native John Greenwood carved for George Washington out of hippopotamus bone!

The webpage says:
On loan from The New York Academy of Medicine, the denture was the first of several dentures that John Greenwood made for Washington and is dated 1789, the year that Washington took his oath of office in New York City. The denture is engraved with: Under jaw. This is Great Washington’s teeth by J. Greenwood. First one made by J. Greenwood, Year 1789.

Carved from hippopotamus ivory, the denture ...

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Presidential Teeth (American Presidents Blog)

An interesting history-related post from American Presidents Blog:


Dentists were on my mind today (not because of anything fun I assure you), so I looked up the dental history of the presidents.
This picture of Woodrow Wilson shows his bad teeth. According to the site, this could have contributed to his stroke.

Washington's false teeth are well documented, but Adams refused them:
When Adams lost his teeth, he refused to wear false ones. As a result, he had a lisp when speaking. In later years Adams had trouble speaking. After encountering a fellow senior citizen in 1811, Adams wrote: "He is above 80. I cannot speak, and he ...

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