Toothprints have been developed as a way of safeguarding children and adolescents. As a parent, one of your greatest fears is that your child might get lost, or worse, be abducted. Like fingerprints, dental imprints are unique to every person. Now, bite impressions can serve as an accurate method of identification. Historically, fillings and x-rays have been the primary basis for dental identification. Toothprints is important now because the successful fight against tooth decay has left many children without cavities and thus, no dental records.

An un-rinsed Toothprints also captures saliva, which is a powerful source of our scent, making Toothprints effective for scent-dog tracking. Toothprints is an arch-shaped thermoplastic wafer. When your child bites into the softened wafer, it records individual tooth characteristics, tooth position and upper to lower jaw relationship – all important information for identification. You'll keep it at home in a safe place, in the provided labeled, zippered bag.

Making a Toothprints bite impression takes only a few minutes. It's comfortable for your child and will give you peace of mind. Hopefully, you'll never have to use it. Our office feels so strongly about the importance of children identification that we offer this as a complimentary service during the examination process. For more information about Toothprints, call our office at 387-3844.


- Written by the Salem Times Register for Dr. Caroline Wallace.