Improve Awareness of the Forensic Odontology among Medical Graduates: Need of the Hour?

Authors

  • Anushtha Jain1 , Nandita K.P2, Srikant N3

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10349

Keywords:

Forensic odontology, teeth, dental records, questionnaire, graduates

Abstract

Introduction: Forensic odontology is a fastly growing field in both dental and forensic sciences. It involves

the application of principles and expertise of dental sciences for criminal investigations. With increasing

demand and use of dental evidence in forensic examinations, proper knowledge and awareness of the subject

is more necessary than ever before.

Materials and Method: A survey was conducted in Medical and Dental colleges in and around Mangalore,

Dakshina Kannada after approval from institutional ethics committee. It included MBBS and BDS students

(III year to internship)

Result: The analysis of the data showed two fold results. Knowledge of tooth as a source of DNA, evidence

for natural disasters in personalle identification was equal among the graduates. Medical graduates had

higher awarenes of certain aspects like barr bodies and anthropometry whereas; Dental graduates were

aware of the odontology aspects in identification of cases of rapes, child abuse, techniques like forensic

radiology, bite mark analysis and sexual dimorphism in teeth.

Conclusion: The study highlighted the difference in knowledge of forensic odontology between medical and

dental students. It emphasized on the need of increasing awareness of the subject among medical graduates

and to help them understand the role of their peers from the dental fraternity in forensic sciences. The study

also stressed on the need of a forensic odontologist in the State Forensic Team.

Author Biography

Anushtha Jain1 , Nandita K.P2, Srikant N3

1Principal Investigator, Intern, 2Associate Professor, Dept of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, 3 Head of the

Department, Dept of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Manipal College of Dental Sciences,

Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal

Published

2020-07-30

How to Cite

Anushtha Jain1 , Nandita K.P2, Srikant N3. (2020). Improve Awareness of the Forensic Odontology among Medical Graduates: Need of the Hour?. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 174-181. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10349