In the criminal world, forensic odontology is able to assist law enforcement and the legal system utilizing bitemark injuries as a piece of the overall case evidence that may be useful in child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault or homicide cases. Further, by providing a detection and reporting matrix for dental healthcare professionals, child abuse and other forms of human abuse seen in the dental practice environment can be properly recognized and appropriately reported to authorities to remove and protect the abused. Finally, using dental age assessment as one method of establishing if an individual has reached legal age can greatly aid law enforcement and the legal community in keeping those of legal age who violate the law out of society.
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