The Wood Tooth
Yes, rumor has it that George Washington had wooden teeth.... but this section has to do with a different type of wood tooth. This wood tooth is actually a small pin or key chain.
Wood tooth pins have been given to dental assisting and dental hygiene students for several reasons. They have been earned for achieving the highest test score on a given test. Others have earned a wood tooth for grade improvements, for open lab practice tests, for winning a "bet" and for answer a question or two when I see them outside the school environment. Each time a tooth is given out, it is made from a different type of wood. Therefore, a student will not have two teeth made from the same type of wood.
I tried to think about when the wood tooth concept actually started. The earliest I could remember was somewhere around 2000 or 2001. I don’t even have any earthly idea as to how many have been given out over the years. A few years ago, I decided to keep track of the number that I did give out. I was shocked to see that more than 250 were given out within a period of a year. I think I have spent way too many hours in the wood shop cutting, sanding and spraying wood teeth....
When I think about it, I'm not even sure as to how the concept of the wood tooth came to be. I do know that making them is only so fun. The fun part is actually giving them out. I do appreciate the “excitement” of seeing someone get a wood tooth because that alone makes it worth taking the time to make them.
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