President Eisenhower, A Dental Emergency, and the (Potential) Alien Cover-Up

Early in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower departed from the cold of the Washington, D.C. winter for a golf vacation in Palm Springs, California.

On the night of the 20th, Ike chipped the porcelain cap of his “upper left central incisor” while eating a chicken wing at dinner. He boarded Air Force One and took an overnight trip to see his dentist to have it repaired. The next morning, Ike was back in Los Angeles, and seen attending a church service.

At least, that’s the official story. There are some conspiracy theorists who believe the dentist story is a ruse to cover something far stranger and weirder.

The Truth Is Out There

In this version of the story, President Eisenhower made a secret nocturnal trip to a nearby Air Force base to meet two extraterrestrial aliens.

In the Ike-met-with-ETs theory, Eisenhower went to Edwards Air Force Base, where he met with two aliens – nicknamed “Nordics” because of their resemblance to Scandinavian humans with their white hair, pale blue eyes and colorless lips. The reason the “Nordics” traveled to Edwards from another solar system and engaged in telepathic communication with Eisenhower was to make a request: If Ike would agree to eliminate America’s nuclear weapons, the “Nordics” would share their superior technology and their spiritual wisdom.

Ike declined the deal because he did not want to give up the nukes. However, later that same year, Ike purportedly reached a deal with a different alien race. Ike would allow the extra-terrestrials to capture earthling cattle and humans for medical experiments if they returned the humans safely home. Since then, these conspiracy theorists claim, “millions” of humans have been kidnapped, and many were never returned.

Did Eisenhower Meet With Aliens?

So, which one is it? Did Ike really meet with ETs 50 years ago? According to an archivist at the Eisenhower Library. “There’s nothing in the archives that indicates that.” He cites James Mixson, the dental historian and professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Mixson’s article “A History of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Oral Health” is the definitive work on Ike’s teeth. Mixson cites, “the President had well-documented difficulties with this crown” and details how the crown was first installed in July 1952, was chipped and repaired in December 1952, and again in July 1954, when the president’s dentist replaced it with a “thin cast gold/platinum thimble crown.”

Though Ike never made a public statement on the matter, his son provided a terse response to a recent email inquiry if his father had ever met with aliens.


He declined to comment further.

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Bizarre Dental Injuries That Happened to the Rich and Famous

Action film stars are no strangers to physical injuries. From minor slips to severe injuries, even the best precautions aren’t always able to prevent an accident. Still, these examples of the rich and famous losing their teeth can be a healthy reminder that accidents and injuries can happen to all of us, and dental emergencies can occur suddenly when you least expect it.

In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Viggo Mortensen played Aragorn. While filming a fight scene for The Two Towers, Mortensen was hit in the face with a poorly aimed sword. His front tooth cracked. However, being a consummate professional, he simply picked the piece up and asked the crew to superglue it back into his mouth. He then continued with the scene.

Daniel Craig had two of his front teeth knocked out while filming Casino Royale, his first James Bond movie. Of course, the legendary James Bond can’t have a gap in his front teeth, so they flew Craig’s dentist in from London to replace Craig’s teeth as soon as possible.

Charlize Theron cracked two of her back teeth when training for her role in Atomic Blonde. According to her, the teeth cracked because she was clenching them while she was fighting, and the injury required surgery before shooting could start.

Perhaps the most bizarre example of all is when, during the filming of the 1972 classic Deliverance (1972), screenwriter James Dickey and film director John Boorman got into an on-set fistfight. Dickey broke Boorman’s nose and knocked out some of his teeth.

What Should You Do If You Knock Out a Tooth?

Having a tooth knocked out of your mouth can be a serious injury. For one thing, the sockets will all require a root canal since the nerves and blood vessels cannot be restored. However, the teeth can reattach to the bone when you put them back in.

Although it’s easier to save a tooth for children than adults, it’s still possible.

If you should have a tooth knocked out, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible to avoid potential additional damage.

Follow these tips to increase the chances of saving a tooth:

  • When handling the tooth, avoid getting your hands on the part of the tooth that would normally be under the gum because it can be very fragile and break.
    • To make sure the tooth stays clean, rinse it with milk or water.
    • It is important to keep the tooth wet. If you can’t place it in milk, you can place it between your cheek and gum.
    • Sometimes, the tooth can be slipped back into its socket. Make sure it’s facing the right way. If it doesn’t fit, be sure not to force it.
    • No matter what, get to the dentist as soon as you can!

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Who Was the First Woman Dentist?

Today, many prominent dental professionals are female. That wasn’t always the case. In fact, it wasn’t until 1866 that the first woman earned the title of Doctor of Dental Surgery. That honorific belongs to Lucy Beaman Hobbs, the very first licensed female dentist.

Becoming the First Woman Dentist

Hobbs was born in New York on March 14, 1833. When she was 12, she obtained a job as a seamstress to support her siblings. Four years later, she moved to Michigan and spent ten years as a teacher. During this time, she boarded with a physician and became interested in medicine.

In 1859, she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and applied to medical school at Eclectic Medical College. Hobbs was rejected because of her gender, but a teacher from Eclectic was impressed with her so let her study privately under his supervision. Eventually, they decided she should consider dentistry.

Hobbs applied to the Ohio College of Dentistry. Once again, she was rejected because she was a woman. She began a private program of study with a professor from the school, Jonathan Taft.  Hobbs applied once more to the dentistry program and was refused admittance yet again. As a response, she opened her own office, allowing her to practice dentistry without having to obtain a diploma – a common practice at the time.

An Untraditional Path to a Degree

Hobbs opened her practice in 1861 in Iowa. Within three years, she had developed a strong reputation, and her dental office was profitable. In 1865, the Iowa State Dental Society let Hobbs become a member, stating, “The profession has nothing in its pursuits foreign to the instincts of women.”

In addition to admitting Hobbs to the organization, the Iowa State Dental Society convinced the Ohio College of Dental Surgery to open its doors to Hobbs and let her attend as a student. The College recognized her successful years of practice and only made her attend a single session. She graduated in 1866, becoming the first woman to become a licensed dentist.

Eventually, Hobbs began a dental practice in Chicago and married a Civil War veteran named James M. Taylor. Hobbs taught her husband dentistry and the two eventually created a practice together in Lawrence, Kansas.

Hobbs continued practicing dentistry throughout her life while also regularly participating in Women’s Right campaigns. She was still practicing dentistry at the time of her death at age 77.

The Legacy of Lucy Hobbs Taylor

In 1983, the American Association of Women Dentists honored her by establishing the Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award. The award is presented annually to AAWD members in recognition of professional excellence and achievements in advancing the role of women in dentistry.

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