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This Is How Forensic Dentistry Works

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

When you think about dentistry, what first comes to mind is probably a routine check-up at the dentist’s office (and we love that!)

But have you ever thought about the angles of dentistry beyond that? Just like any other industry, there are a number of different ways in which dentistry can play an important role in our lives in other ways.

One of those ways is in forensics! Any Law & Order: SVU fans? You’ll want to keep reading…

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What IS Forensic Dentistry?

We’re pretty confident that you’ve heard of forensics before—but in case you haven’t, it’s simply the process of applying scientific techniques to assist in criminal justice efforts. A key part of this involves the proper handling and analysis of physical evidence (1).

As you might imagine, the world of forensics has come a long way in recent years…and it’s pretty cool stuff!

So how does dentistry play a role in any of this? Put simply, teeth are actually a pretty important part of physical evidence. Just like your fingerprints, your teeth are unique to only you. In fact, even identical twins have different sets of teeth.

Because we all have different personal habits, the type of wear and tear on our teeth differs from person to person. Grinding your teeth, playing an instrument, or clenching your jaw are just a few examples of this “wear and tear.” In turn, this makes our teeth and our teeth marks look very unique (2).

Because of this, criminal justice professionals can use dentistry as an eye-opening investigation tool. These professionals are called forensic odontologists. They have two primary jobs: to identify people by their teeth and to examine any bite marks discovered on a crime scene. They’re not only educated in the realm of criminal justice practices, but they’re especially well-versed in the anatomy of our teeth.

Did you know that we have different types of teeth, and among those different types, there are different surfaces on each tooth? With the help of dental records, X-rays, and a few other technological tools, forensic odontologists are able to analyze and make sense of these intricate surfaces.

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How Forensic Dentistry Helps Us 

Looking at the bigger picture, forensic dentistry makes the world a safer place! Without the hard work of forensic odontologists, our law enforcement would have a much harder time making any progress within their investigations.

Forensic dentistry can help uncover someone’s age, race, occupation, or even socioeconomic status–all important keys in solving a crime! (4) Every effort in a criminal investigation serves as an important piece to solving the puzzle.

Who knew that dentistry would be such an important one? Now, you do!

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Hagen Dental Practice Would Love to Help You

Although a visit to our office may not feel as exciting as a CSI episode, we’d still like to think it’s pretty exciting. We always treat you with kindness, compassion, and understanding at Hagen Dental! We’re here to earn your trust with personalized, gentle care. Call (513) 251-5500 or click the Online Scheduling button here to schedule your next visit.

Sources:

  1. https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/forensic%20science
  2. https://www.thehealthy.com/bodies/unique-body-parts/
  3. https://science.howstuffworks.com/forensic-dentistry3.htm
  4. https://www.affiliateddentists.com/info/forensic-dentistry-crime-solving/

Three Steps to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

You brush your teeth regularly. You do your best to floss. And, you regularly visit the dentist to combat plaque buildup so that you can feel good about your smile.

What other ways can you tweak your habits to make sure you keep your smile healthy for years to come? By looking at your nutrition!

Here are 3 ways to consider improving the health of your teeth and gums – after all, we have to have this set of teeth for the rest of our lifetime.

1. Look at the clock.

How often do you snack throughout the day? If you know you regularly snack, aim to start brushing your teeth after you do.

Why does it matter? Saliva acts as our natural defense against plaque buildup.

Because less saliva is released when you eat snacks compared to when you eat a meal, you can end up doing harm to your teeth if you do snack throughout the day.

2. Look on the labels for sugar. 

We won’t suggest to cut out all sugar from your diet. Instead, a more realistic and long-term approach is to begin by educating yourself on how much sugar you are already consuming.

Start to record where your sugar is coming from: is it liquids or from your food? The main goal here is to simply take note of what’s on our labels. Those breath mints you’re using throughout the day may be mostly sugar that’s just sitting on your teeth, for example.

Next time you have more than one pop, remember that the sugar is going to act as an acid as it sits on your pearly whites! And even if the drink is diet or sugar-free, that highly acidic liquid will erode your teeth over time.

If you’re motivated to, set a realistic goal to live a lifestyle that allows you to cut back on some of that sugar in your diet to help your teeth (and waistline and energy levels) in the long-run. 

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