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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 101-107

Envisioning forensic odontology under a new light: A pedodontist's perspective

Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Supreet Shirolkar
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College and Hospital, Kolkata - 700 014, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/srmjrds.srmjrds_91_20

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Forensic dentistry is an emerging field of science and it incorporates a wider scope for growth. It has developed itself as an important science in medical and legal matters and in the identification of the deceased person or an abuse victim. Forensic identification often requires an interdisciplinary approach. A pedodontist can help a forensic odontologist by applying their skills for recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect, age assessment, bitemark analysis, and labeling of appliances that could provide vital clues for person identification. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has prepared a guideline for record keeping that may provide pedodontist the information to accurately compile the records that will help the investigators. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of evolving trends in conventional methods and newer techniques and to discuss the role of pedodontist and how it can contribute to procedures needed for investigation in forensic odontology.

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