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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 90-94

Awareness of forensic odontology among general dental practitioners in Mumbai: A survey study


Department of Oral Pathology, D.Y.Patil School of Dentistry, D.Y.Patil Deemed to be University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Treville Pereira
Department of Oral Pathology, D.Y.Patil School of Dentistry, D.Y.Patil Deemed to be University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/mjmsr.mjmsr_3_21

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Introduction: Forensic odontology is the application of dental knowledge in human identification. It has major implications in criminal investigation, and human remains identification. Objective: The aim of this study is to introspect the attitude and knowledge of forensic odontology among general dental practitioners (GDPs) in Mumbai. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a sample size of 225 GDPs of Mumbai with the help of an online questionnaire comprising 11 questions. Results: GDPs were found to have a lack of exposure and poor knowledge regarding the subject of forensic odontology. Only 13.3% of dentists have had a formal training in the subject. About 29.3% are unaware that they can testify in the court and support the investigation. Conclusion: The lack of awareness and knowledge among dentists will hinder the criminal investigation. Hence, awareness should be created among young dentists and more courses should be available in the field.


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