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  • Teeth are very durable, lasting hundreds or thousands of years under the right conditions. Teeth marks are a unique to each person, like fingerprints. Forensic odontologists (dentists) use different techniques to identify a person based solely on the person's teeth.

    Forensic Science

    Forensic science is field within criminology (the study of crime) where scientific methods and knowledge is used to solve crime. Mostly associated with homicides, forensic scientists solve all types of crimes.

    Forensic Odontologists

    Medical examiners are physicians trained in examining human remains to identify the cause of death based on their observations and scientific measurements. Forensic odontologists are medical examiners with medical training as dentists.

    Teeth as Evidence

    Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, so teeth are often the only identifiable remains of a corpse. When matched against known teeth x-rays or marks, a corpse's teeth may be the only way to identify it.

    Teeth Marks

    Some criminals may also leave teeth marks as evidence. Because a person's bite is unique, it may serve to identify the person or place them at the scene of a crime. Many crimes have been solved by using teeth marks in place of other evidence.

    A Career in Forensic Science

    Forensic scientists have an education in criminology, biology, chemistry, and other basic sciences. While medical examiners and forensic odontologists require medical degrees, crime scene technicians and aides require 2 or 4-year college degrees.

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