Volume 8 Issue 5 (May, 2020)

Original Articles

Knowledge and Awareness of Forensic Odontology amongst Dental Graduates- An Original Research
Mibin Monsy, Kirstie Sarah Thomas, Jijin. MJ, Sankara Rao Sanaka, Rahul Vinay Chandra Tiwari, Heena Tiwari

Aim of the study: The purpose of the study was to assess the aptitude and awareness about forensic odontology in routine use amongst dental professionals. Methodology: A self‑administered, well‑structured questionnaire consisting of 15 questions were sent to various dental professionals which dealt with Patient dental record maintenance and its importance, Attitude and knowledge of dentists toward forensic odontology amongst other relevant topics about forensic odontology. Results: In our study, most of the participants (93.5%) have studied basics about forensic odontology during their undergraduate studies. Around 75.3% of dentists do have a sound knowledge about the physical abuse signs in pediatric patients. 56.3% of dental professionals are able to take note of bite marks and take an impression of the same. However, around 78.4% dentists are not aware of the preservation of dental records for the purpose of forensic assessment at the time of need. Conclusion: The study shows clearly that there is a general lack of knowledge and practice of forensic odontology among dental practitioners in India. There are very few institutions offering formal training in forensic odontology. Most of the practitioners had no formal training. Keywords Forensic odontology, bite marks, mass disasters, forensic training.

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