Forensic Odontology, IDA & Indian Defence

Very soon , Indian defence forces to have the odontologic database created by the forensic dentists.

The Indian Dental Association (IDA) is in talks with defence authorities to create a dental database of defence personnel that can be used for forensic analysis.Dr. Ashok Dhoble, honorary secretary general, IDA, quoted : , “The database will help in identifying bodies using dental forensics. The data will be handy during post-mortem examination.”

The idea was discussed at a conference of doctors on ‘Disaster victim identification’ on Friday. Dr. Emilio Nuzzolese from University of Catanzaro in Italy, who works closely with Interpol, shared his experience on the importance of forensic dental identification. Experts also said that dental analysis was much cheaper than DNA analysis.

This task may require many dentists. In an era in India when dentists are facing lesser job opportunities , this move by the IDA may lead to not only helping the defence forces, but also creating many jobs for the dental graduates.

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