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Forensic Science 2. The role of teeth is food processing (mechanical digestion) The first set of teeth are called deciduous teeth – they erupt around.

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1 Forensic Science 2

2 The role of teeth is food processing (mechanical digestion) The first set of teeth are called deciduous teeth – they erupt around 6 months and a full set around 2 years

3 The second set are called permanent teeth and replace baby teeth between 6-12 years of age Wisdom teeth emerge around years of age

4 Teeth are classified according to shape and fuction Incisors – chisel shaped and adapted for cutting Canines – fanglike and used for tearing or piercing Premolars (bicuspids) and molars – broad and crown-like, used for grinding

5 A tooth has two regions – the crown and the root The crown is covered with enamel forming the hardest part The root is below the gum

6 Investigators can analyze bite marks for characteristics to help them identify victims or suspects as well as to exclude others. Marks can be left on a victims skin or other objects, such as Styrofoam cups, gum, or foods.

7 Saliva or blood may be left behind that can be tested for DNA. Dental records including x-rays can also provide useful information, especially when attempting to identify a victim.

8 Features to analyze: Type of bite mark (human or animal) Characteristics of the teeth (position, evidence of dental work, wear patterns, etc.) Color of area to estimate how long ago the bite occurred (old or recent bite) Swab for body fluids for DNA tests Did you know? The most famous incident where bite mark evidence led to a conviction, was in the case of the notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy. He was responsible for an undetermined number of murders between 1973 and 1978 and was finally tied to the murder of Lisa Levy through bites that he had inflicted on her body.


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