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Denture marking: a mandatory procedure to aid forensic identification

Denture marking: a mandatory procedure to aid forensic identification 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Disaster Prevention and Management Emerald Publishing

Denture marking: a mandatory procedure to aid forensic identification

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0965-3562
DOI
10.1108/09653561111161707
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Abstract

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.

Journal

Disaster Prevention and ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 30, 2011

Keywords: Malaysia; Denture marking; Denture labeling; Disaster victim identification; Person identification; Mass casualties; Identification; Forensic science

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