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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-10

Racial, Occupational, and Cultural Variations in Human Teeth: Teeth as Evidence in Forensic Identification

Department of Oral Pathology, KIMS Dental College and Hospital, Amalapuram, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. Sankeertimala
Department of Oral Pathology, KIMS Dental College and Hospital, Amalapuram, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/ijfo.ijfo_1_19

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Teeth are the strongest part of the human body which can withstand high explosions and are not damaged easily. Thus, teeth are more likely to be the evidence in mass fatal incidents where highly mutilated and dismembered dead bodies are beyond recognition. Each tooth possesses a set of unique characteristics called tooth class characteristics which form the basis of identification. Other features which help in identification are dental pathology, restorations, and dental anomalies. Age, sex, race/ethnicity, occupation, and habits can also be determined from teeth. The present review is an attempt to highlight the racial, occupational, and cultural variations seen in the teeth and their role as in forensic identification of victim/suspects.

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