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Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Online from: 1992

Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment

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Denture marking: a mandatory procedure to aid forensic identification

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Title:Denture marking: a mandatory procedure to aid forensic identification
Author(s):Jacob John, (Department of General Dental Practice and Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Shani Ann Mani, (Department of Preventive Dentistry, School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kota Bharu, Malaysia), Phrabhakaran Nambiar, (Department of General Dental Practice and Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Habesah Sulaiman, (Pejabat TPKN(G), Kota Bharu, Malaysia)
Citation:Jacob John, Shani Ann Mani, Phrabhakaran Nambiar, Habesah Sulaiman, (2011) "Denture marking: a mandatory procedure to aid forensic identification", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 20 Iss: 4, pp.378 - 385
Keywords:Denture labeling, Denture marking, Disaster victim identification, Forensic science, Identification, Malaysia, Mass casualties, Person identification
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/09653561111161707 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to highlight the significance of placing identification marks on dentures.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper reviews the legislation with regard to denture marking in certain countries, various methods of denture marking and describes a simple, inexpensive, paper-based labelling system.

Findings – Various methods have been proposed for denture marking but it is important to use a method that is simple, practical, affordable and universally acceptable.

Practical implications – The identification of unknown or missing persons by means of denture marking is a very successful method of identification in forensic investigation. It is also useful for patients residing in hospitals and community homes where dentures could be misplaced, particularly during cleaning by personnel where there is a chance of loss or mix-up. The importance of denture marking should be emphasized by all law-enforcing authorities and should be promoted among all dentists, towards making it a compulsory routine dental procedure throughout the world.

Originality/value – In Malaysia, denture marking, as recommended by its Ministry of Health, uses a unique coding system which can readily provide information about the wearer in whichever part of the world the person is found. The method applied is simple, practical and affordable and can easily be adapted by others. It can be of great value during times of crisis.

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