There is a fascinating list of household celebrity names that deserve recognition beyond what they are ultimately famous for. Here at Montgomery Dentistry, we would like to offer you a more well-rounded view of some of our most beloved celebrities who also dabbled in dentistry!
1. Paul Revere
A beloved American hero most known for making his midnight ride to warn of the arrival of the British, Paul Revere was also America’s first forensic dentist. His dental career began in the early 1760’s, when an English dental surgeon named John Baker arrived in the colonies and set up a practice. Smelling opportunity, Revere sat under the mentorship and teaching of Baker, and eventually began his own practice of crafting and inserting false teeth made of ivory. Following the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Revere summoned up his newfound dental knowledge and volunteered himself to aid in identifying deceased soldiers by recognizing dental work he had performed on them. He handed down his business to his son in the late 1780’s.
2. Thomas Welch
Ironically, the man responsible for creating a well-known sugar-laden juice drink also had a previous career in dentistry. In fact, Thomas Welch is an incredibly interesting man, even outside of his creation of his juice brand. As a teen he was a secret member of the Underground Railroad and assisted many slaves to safety in the north. In 1856, he opened a very lucrative, very successful dental practice that remained open until 1880. He was a devout member of the United Methodist Church, which is what drove him to create a nonalcoholic alternative to communion wine, and in 1893 his grape juice company was launched and became known as “Welch’s Grape Juice Company.”
3. Doc Holliday
Perhaps our favorite character in the movie “Tombstone”, Doc Holliday is most known for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. But would you believe it if you were told that Doc Holliday also held a D.D.S. degree from the Pennsylvania College Of Dental Surgery? He even set up his own practice in Atlanta, Georgia before heading to the American Southwest after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. Another lesser-known fact about Holliday – his true name is John Henry Holliday.
While most of the world will always know these men for their notable adventures and exploits throughout American history, here at Montgomery Dentistry they will hold a special place in our hearts as fellow dentists.
And Paul, Thomas, and Doc would want all of our clients to make sure that they are up to date on their cleanings and check-ups. 🙂
Photo Credit: Richie Diesterheft