The California Dental Association has published a special edition focussing on forensic dentistry. There are a variety of topics covered, including bitemarks (both animal and human) ageing of living and deceased individuals, an overview of forensic odontology, and the scope of practice. What is missing is sections on the assessment of abuse (child, elder, spousal) and the role of the forensic dentist in civil matters including malpractice. Most of the materials have been authored by ABFO members.
The whole journal is available free of charge and we have linked to it here. We will be discussing the use of ageing in forensic dentistry, and the ethical implications of this, in a later posting.
The edition is targeted at interested beginners, but nonetheless an interesting read if only to get the state of play in relation to bitemarks – including the most recent version of the bitemark decision tree.