Thursday, 8 September 2011


Flying has never been a difficulty or issue for me – crashing however is altogether a less appealing prospect! When booking a flight I prefer to get a seat at the back – after all, when was the last time a ‘plane backed into a mountain?

Forensic dentistry – what is all that about?

Forensic dentistry or forensic odontology to give it its more scientific name is the proper handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence, which will be then presented in the interest of justice. The evidence that may be derived from teeth, is the age (in children) and identification of the person to whom the teeth belong. This is done using dental records including radiographs, ante-mortem (prior to death) and post-mortem photographs and DNA.

We have all probably heard stories where human remains are identified solely by dental records. Fair enough! But I am constantly amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly affected/injured that they have to be identified by their dental records. What I can't understand is this - if they don't know who you are because the only evidence available is your teeth, how do they know who your dentist is? Or am I missing something?

Interesting fact - aerodontia is the branch of dentistry dealing with problems caused by flying.

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