Awareness and Compliance about Forensic Odontology among Dentists in Dental Colleges of Davangere City, Karnataka, India

Rubel M, Prashant G M, P G Naveen Kumar, Sushanth V H, Mohamed Imranulla, Swati Mallick, Ipshita Potlia


Introduction: Forensic dentistry is a challenging and fascinating branch of forensic science that involves the application of dental sciences in the identification of deceased individuals through the comparison of ante- and postmortem records. Recently, forensic odontology has evolved as a new ray of hope in assisting forensic medicine, but, this vital and integral field of forensic medicine is still in a state of infancy in India.

Aims and Objectives:The aim of the study is to analyze the awareness and compliance of forensic odontology among dentists in Davangere.

Materials and Methods:A cross-sectional study was conducted in a sample of 200 dental practitioners in Davangere and data was collected by means of a questionnaire. The questionnaire consisted of 12 relevant questions with demographic data. Chi Square test, descriptive statistics and regression analysis was done to analyze the data using SPSS v21.

Results: This present study showed that only 49.5% of the participants had a part of forensic dentistry in their curriculum. The present study revealed that 88.5% of the participants were aware of the importance of maintaining dental records. 82% of the dental practitioners did not know how to estimate the dental age and gender by examining the teeth. 86.5% of dental practitioners had no formal training in collecting, evaluating and presenting dental evidence. 75% of the practicing dentists in this study never practiced forensic odontology.

Conclusion: Forensic Odontology is a still in the infancy stage in India, but, can touch the sky if proper awareness and education is rendered. This condition, however, could be improved by making forensic odontology a part of our academic curriculum, providing hands on courses for the same.


Awareness, Forensic Odontology, Dentists, Davangere

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