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Baba Farid University Dental Journal
Year : 2011, Volume : 2, Issue : 2
First page : ( 144) Last page : ( 147)
Print ISSN : 0976-8181. Online ISSN : 2230-7273.

Saliva - an adjunct in forensic odontology

Bhandari Rajat1Senior Lecturer, Kakkar Tushar, Senior Lecturer, Bhullar Ramanpreet Kaur, Senior Lecturer, Bansal Himanta, Associate Professor, Sandhu Simarpreet Virk, Professor & Head, Jassar Sukhmani, Research Associate

1Address for Correspondence: Dr. Rajat Bhandari Senior Lecturer Department of Oral and Maxillofacial pathology Genesis Institute of Dental Sciences & Research, Ferozepur. rajatbhandari@yahoo.com

Online published on 7 December, 2011.


The assay of saliva is an increasing area of research with implications for basic and clinical purposes. Although this biological fluid is easy to manipulate and collect, careful attention must be directed to limit variation in specimen integrity. Recently, the use of saliva has provided a substantial addition to the diagnostic armamentarium as an investigative tool for disease processes and disorders. In addition to its oral indications, the analysis of saliva is being used thoroughly in forensic dentistry. This article presents a literature review referring to the main studies on Forensic Dentistry, and makes an overview of the evolution of this technology in the last years; highlighting the importance of molecular biology in forensic sciences This review also examines the consequences of preanalytical variation with respect to collection strategy and subsequent storage conditions. It is likely that the use of saliva in assays will continue to expand thus providing a new instrument of investigation for physiologic as well as pathophysiologic states.



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