George Washington and His Wooden Teeth | Skiatook Dentist

George Washington is arguably one of our most celebrated presidents we’ve ever had. Not only a forefather of our great country, but a great leader. But his legacy isn’t just leadership achievements, it also has some interesting myths. We’ve all heard the cherry tree myth, where he famously stated he “cannot tell a lie”. But have you heard the idea that George Washington had wooden teeth? It’s true. Well, it’s sort of true.

It is no myth that George Washington had dental issues. At the time, it wasn’t tough to develop dental problems, especially in the military. And since dental technology was primitive at best, poor dental health was a general throughout his entire career. Because of these issues, he wore various sets of dentures constructed of ivory, gold and lead. Unfortunately, wood was never even an option at the time. Myth busted.

So why do we think he had wooden teeth? Well, dental scientists and historians believe it was due to the ivory set he used. As with all of us, teeth become stained over time. Because they were made of ivory, these studies lead us to believe the stained ivory gave the impression of wood.

Believe it or not, when George Washington did his First Inaugural Address in 1789, he only had one natural tooth, so the dentures were definitely necessary, and because they weren’t constructed as well as they are today, they were very painful to wear. This dental pain forced him to have a dour expression at all times. It is possible the myth was construed to make President Washington more relatable and less remote.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding dental restorations, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy, Owasso and all surrounding areas.

Thankfully, Halloween Is Only One Day a Year | Skiatook Dentist

As soon as October hits, the air turns from Indian summer to chilly Fall. And just like that, out come the cutest little ghouls and goblins waiting to trick-or-treat. Yes, the tiny humans in your family are especially excited about this sugary nightmare of a holiday and there is little a parent can do. After all, we know that too much of a sugary thing will only lead to dental issues in the future. But there is no need to deprive your child of this sweetest of holidays, just keep an eye on what it could do to their teeth. The following is a list of your child’s Halloween dental health enemies:

Sour. Sour candies can ruin your tooth enamel by combining sweet with sour for a pH level of 2.5, a level that high can cause serious damage to developing teeth so keep them clear of this fruity confection.

Sticky. It may seem fairly harmless, but sticky candy is some of the worst for teeth. Not only does the sticky texture stick to your teeth’s surface and in their crevices, but they can also loosen dental fixtures, like braces or fillings.

Gummi. Similar to caramels and other sticky candies, gummy candies also stick to the crevices of your teeth, making it difficult to remove with a brushing or a quick rinse of water.

Hard. Not only can hard candy damage teeth when bitten, but even if you don’t bite them, sucking on hard candy isn’t a quick process, making time for sugars to nestle into a tooth and cause cavities extensive.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding pediatric dentistry, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Tulsa, Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy and Owasso.

Dental Health Tips for Seniors | Skiatook Dentist

As soon as we get our first teeth, we begin a daily dental routine that is necessary in order to perpetuate good dental health. Brushing, flossing and rinsing at least twice a day becomes old hat as we go through life. Once we get all of our permanent teeth in, it is our job to take care of them. The better we treat them, the longer we get to keep them. But as we get older, we begin to develop other issues that influence the way we take care of ourselves. As you progress into your later years, keep these tips in mind to ensure your smile remains just as lovely as ever:

Some things never change. It doesn’t matter what age you are, your daily dental routine shouldn’t change. If you find it difficult to manually brush your teeth, try an electric version.

Sensitive teeth are natural. If you find that your teeth have become sensitive to hot and cold foods, try switching your toothpaste to a more tooth-sensitive variety.

Your mouth can say more than words. Not only can your mouth affect other health issues, but the reverse is also true. Talk to your dentist about any health issues you have. Some conditions and/or medications can cause oral health issues.

There’s no lost and found for teeth. If you have lost a tooth, or have any loose, visit your dentist asap. There are dentures and other dental implants that can replace the problem and improve your smile.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental health, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy, Owasso and all surrounding areas.

What Are Dentures?


Dentures are essentially replacements used by people who have more than just a few missing teeth. They can be worn, as well as taken out anytime, but while that proves to be much of a convenience, plenty of people dislike dentures. The main reason for this is that dentures will never feel the same as natural teeth. Though, with the advancements made in modern dental medicine, today’s dentures are much more natural looking and more comfortable to wear.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures used – full and partial. The dentist will be the one to decide which type of denture is best for you, a decision that’s based on whether all of your teeth are replaced or only a portion of it, as well as the cost involved.
How Dentures Work
Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory using impressions that are taken by dentists from their patient’s mouth.
They work, or at least full dentures do, by having a flesh-colored acrylic base being fitted over the gums. The base of the upper denture is then made to cover the roof of the mouth, while the lower denture is made to be similar in shape to that of a horseshoe to make it easier for you the tongue to fit.
• Conventional Dentures – This type of denture is placed in the mouth after the dentist has removed all the remaining teeth and the tissues have been given enough time to heal. The healing process is usually what turns off most people from conventional dentures because apart from it taking many months to heal, you will be without teeth the whole time.

• Immediate Full Dentures – As the name suggests, immediate full dentures can be inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. This means no more healing involved, which is good news since you don’t have to ever be without your teeth as well. The problem, though, is that the dentures have to be relined constantly to make sure that the denture does not become loose.

• Partial Dentures – Partial dentures rest on a metal framework that’s attached to your remaining teeth and are generally considered as a removable alternative to bridges. There are certain cases where a crown may be used to serve as anchors for the denture.
Proper Care and Maintenance
Your dentures will be relined, remade and sometimes, even rebased over time. This is because your mouth will change as you age and sometimes, these changes may cause your dentures to become loose, which could lead to worse dental problems if not fixed immediately.
It’s best to see your dentist at least once a year for a thorough examination of the current condition of your dentures.
Here are a few additional tips to help you take better care of your dentures:
• Always stand over a folded towel, or a basin of water, or carpets when handling your dentures. This is to prevent the dentures from breaking if dropped by accident.

• Place your dentures in a denture cleanser soaking solution or plain water when you’re not wearing them to prevent them from drying out. Avoid using hot water as this may cause the dentures to warp.

• Don’t forget to brush your dentures as often as you would your natural set of teeth to free it of plaque and food deposits. You can also use an ultrasonic cleaner, though, brushing and flossing are still better, as well as cheaper options.

• Before inserting your dentures, brush your gums, tongue and palate using a soft-bristled brush. This helps remove plaque and promote circulation in your tissues.

• If your dentures show signs of becoming loose, or breaking, chipping and/or cracks, go see your dentist immediately. Attempting to adjust or fix them yourself may result in irreversible damage and unnecessary expenses.

If you are missing several teeth and are interested in dentures, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at 918-396-3711. Visit the website to learn more about the practice by visiting williamsdentalok.com.