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Paul Revere, Dentist

Even though by the time you read this it’ll be July 5th and we’ll be closed for summer vacation, let’s talk about my favorite historical character from America’s fight for independence.

We all (or should) know Paul Revere as the galloping rider who rode through Boston late on the eve of April 18th, 1775, to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the approaching British Army. The British were headed to the armory at Lexington with the intention of confiscating its store of ball and gunpowder, which would prevent the colonists of protecting themselves.  By warning the local militia, Paul Revere set the American Revolution into motion.

Paul Revere was a metalsmith. His shop produced tea pots, silver ware, silver goblets and his skill in metallurgy also allowed him to create dentures.

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Paul Revere by John S. Copley

So Revere was also one of those guys that was sick of British rule and the burden of its taxes. So when Dr. Joseph Warren came to Paul Revere and asked him to participate in the early warning system that would alert the Boston colonists of the impending British Army, Paul said yes. Paul had created a set of dentures for Joseph Warren and the two were good friends as well as political cohorts. After the Lexington skirmish, Joseph Warren was made a general but chose to fight as an enlisted man and gave command of his troops to an officer with  experience leading men into battle.

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Paul Revere’s dental tools. I guess the pain killer came iva a bottle of rum or whiskey. Can you imagine what it was like to have a couple shots of whiskey then have someone pick on your teeth with these things?

Dr. Joseph Warren was killed at the battle of Bunker Hill and was buried anonymously by the British. Several years later the graves of Bunker Hill were exhumed and it was none other than Paul Revere who was able to identify the body of Joseph Warren by the silver dentures he had made specifically for him.

 

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A full set of dentures from the late 1700s.

So Paul Revere was the first forensic dentist as well. On this the 240th anniversary of our country’s declaration of independence, I’d like to salute one of its best known but least understood heroes, Paul Revere.

Silversmith, Patriot, Soldier, Dentist.

And if you or your friends are ever looking for a Pediatric Dentist with an appreciation of the dentists that came before him, just give us a call or stop in for a free consultation. We’re easy to find.

 

 


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