Dentist offers Toothprints® dental
identification program as a valuable means to track and identify missing children using
saliva scent and tooth imprint information.
SAN JOSE, CA (PRWEB) February 12,
2004--Like fingerprints, dental imprints are unique to every person, so bite impressions
can serve as an accurate method of identification. Toothprints are especially important
now because the successful fight against tooth decay has left many children without
cavities and, thus, no dental records.
Toothprints is a patented, arch-shapped
thermo plastic wafer. When a child bites into the softened wafer, it records individual
tooth characteristics. The painless procedure takes only a few minutes. The hardened
toothprint is stored at home in a zippered platic bag.
An unrinsed toothprint also captures
saliva, which is a powerful source of scent and DNA. The scent makes it effective for
police dog tracking.
As a parent, San Jose dentist Dr.
Kimberly Loos believes the Toothprints® dental ID can be extremely valuable in the event
a child is lost or abducted. Dr. Loos offers this service for $10. This nominal fee helps
cover the cost of materials. Office time is donated. In the future, she hopes to protect
more children by expanding this program to other dental offices and further reduce the
About Dr. Kimberly Loos:
Loos is a family and cosmetic dentist in
San Jose, California. She is also a faculty member of the University of Pacific Dental
School in San Francisco. Her internationally acclaimed dental advice column is featured on
iVillage, Inc. channel ParentsPlace.com at www.parentsplace.com/expert/dentist/
Loos graduated from UCSF School of
Dentistry and holds additional degrees in English and Dental Sciences. She was appointed
to serve on the Peer Review Board of the Santa Clara County Dental Society. She is an
active member in the American Society of Dentistry for Children, the American Dental
Association, and the California Dental Association. She can be reached via telephone at
408-985-6779 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Toothprints dental ID:
Invented by a pediatric dentist to
safeguard his own child and patients, Toothprints® dental ID is now available for sale to
dentists by Kerr Corporation, Sybron Dental Specialties.