Story was that Washington’s false teeth were made of wood. In 2005 researchers at the dental museum in Baltimore conducted a high-tech study of Washington’s famous false teeth. High-tech laser scans revealed that the dentures are made from gold, ivory, lead, human and animal teeth (horse and donkey teeth were common components). The dentures had springs to help them open and bolts to hold them together.
Scientists and historians plan to use the information to help create new, expressive, life-sized figures of plaster and wax to show aspects of the 6-foot-3 Washington’s personality they consider underappreciated.
Tomorrow, a salute to to Thomas Jefferson begins with his recipe for ice cream, the first recorded in the US,
For more info check out: the Associated Press article of 1/27/2005 at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6875436/ns/technology_and_science-science/