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TOOTHPRINTS

Law enforcement officials rarely have ID materials available for
teenagers, yet teens are the most likely to become lost, missing
or abducted
. Toothprints offers a very powerful recovery
and identification component of any child’s identification kit.”

The Dental ID For Safeguarding Children

One of the greatest fears of parents today is that 
their child will get lost or, worse yet,
be abducted. Indicative of this concern is the
fact that to date,  34 states have implemented
AMBER Alert systems that issue state-wide 
public alerts about missing children. 

Toothprints is a simple, cost-effective 
way of documenting:

bullet unique tooth characteristics
bullet tooth position within the arch and lower jaw relationship
bulletDNA  and saliva sample for tracking
bulletScent remains for a trained dog to identify



Toothprints is an arch-shaped thermoplastic wafer that is:

  1. Soften in hot water, then place on the lower arch. 
  2. Than bite into the comfortable wafer for 50 seconds  
  3. 2-3 minute cool-down period 
  4. Place in the kit's plastic bag 
  5. Take the bite impression home for safekeeping

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     This system is able to assist authorities in tracking a missing 
child or teen and help to make a positive identification. Few 
children have fingerprints taken and the successful fight against 
tooth decay has left many children with no cavities and few 
dental records


     When Toothprints is taken, sufficient proteins in the saliva 
remain on the wafer from which a DNA test can be successfully 
performed for yet a second means of identification from Toothprints.
 He also states that, since the Toothprints wafer is sealed in a 
“zipper”-type plastic bag, enough scent remains for a trained dog 
to identify and track with it.

Recommended Toothprints Update Schedule
Yearly updates of Toothprints bite impressions is ideal. 
In lieu of that, the following schedule is recommended:

bulletInitial impression: Age 3 (or after all primary teeth
have erupted)
bulletUpdate: Age 7 or 8 (or after the upper and lower incisors
and the first permanent molars have erupted)
bulletUpdate: Age 12 or 13 (or after all permanent teeth,
excluding 3rd molars, have erupted).

http://www.kerrdental.com/products/toothprints/index.cfm

This article was reprinted with permission by Kerr Dental.
http://www.kerrdental.com/Toothprints/index.html

 

 

September 14, 2007

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