Posts for category: Historical Interest

By Dr. Jeff
June 10, 2014
Tags: Famous Dentists  

While you may not consider a dental office a great breeding ground for fame, there are some dentists in history who have achieved quite a bit of public attention. Here are just a few…

Paul Revere

This Revolutionary War hero is known for yelling “The British are coming!” but before the war he may have been yelling, “Your wisdom teeth are coming – coming out that is!” A skilled silversmith as well, Revere was known for his talents as an early denture maker.

Doc Holliday

Probably the most famous dentist to strap on a gun! “Doc” wasn’t just a nickname – the famous gunfighter who was involved in the Shootout at OK Corral was a successful dentist who had a booming practice in Atlanta, Georgia before he headed out west. Unfortunately for Doc, he contracted tuberculosis and needed to move out west to heal, got involved in gambling and gangs, and the rest is history.

Thomas Welch 

It may seem strange that the inventor of the sugar-laden Welch’s Grape Juice was a dentist, but it’s true! He never intended to be a juice magnate, but his invention of a non-fermented, non-alcoholic grape juice for his church really took off!

Edgar Buchanan

You may know him as TV’s “Uncle Joe” on Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies, but before moving to Hollywood, Edgar was a successful dentist in Eugene, Oregon. He relocated his dental practice to California, joined The Pasadena Playhouse, and got a film role at age thirty-six. Bit by the acting bug, he quit the profession and turned his successful dental practice over to his wife. Hopefully she was a dentist too!!

Zane Grey

Born right here in Zanesville, Ohio on January 31, 1872!! Before becoming one of the most prolific writers of Western novels in history, Zane was a practicing dentist in New York. He later revealed that he set up his practice in New York to be near the publishing industry! The multi-talented Dr. Grey also played professional baseball.

WOW!! And you thought dentistry was boring??

At The Smile Shack, we may not have any famous dentists, but we are well known for caring about your family and your smile!  Let’s face it…beautiful teeth, healthy gums, fresh breath and a radiant smile will make anybody look a little more famous.



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