All his life George Washington had problems with his teeth. By the time he became the first president when he was 57 years old, he had only one tooth.
Why were his teeth so bad? Some say it was because he cracked nuts with his teeth. Or it may have been from the drugs they used back then to treat sick children. Those drugs sometimes made teeth rot.
Washington had many sets of false teeth. There is a legend that his teeth were made of wood. That is not true. The teeth made for President Washington were made of horse and donkey teeth. They also had bits of hippopotamus and elephant ivory in them. The teeth were held together by gold springs.
Tooth problems changed the shape of Washington's mouth and often caused him pain. Some say that in pictures of George Washington, including the one on the $1 bill, his face shows that he is uncomfortable. What do you think?