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Maintenance of Dental Records and Forensic Odontology Awareness: A Survey of Croatian Dentists with Implications for Dental Education

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Department of Dental Anthropology, School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Private Dental Polyclinic Vinica, 42000 Varaždin, Croatia
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Department of Dental Medicine, University Hospital Centre Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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School of Dentistry, FAMA College, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo
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Academic Editor: Hans S. Malmstrom
Received: 9 February 2021 / Revised: 12 March 2021 / Accepted: 22 March 2021 / Published: 25 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dental Education)
Forensic odontology is the application of dentistry within the criminal justice system. Forensic expertise, including dental identification, mostly relies on dental records. We explored the practice of maintaining dental records among Croatian dentists, as well as their knowledge of legal regulations and the application of dental records in forensic odontology. In all, 145 dentists participated in an online survey. Questions covered general information on dentists, maintenance of dental records, and knowledge of legal requirements and forensic odontology. Overall, 70% of dentists obtain and archive written informed consents, while 87% record dental status. Generally, non-carious dental lesions and developmental dental anomalies were not recorded. About 72% of dentists record filling material and surfaces. Only 32% of dentists know the legal requirements for keeping records, whereas 21% have no knowledge of forensic odontology and its purpose. The survey revealed different practices in the maintenance of dental records, including significant flaws and lack of awareness of its forensic importance. This obvious need for additional education on proper maintenance of dental records could be met by including forensic odontology in compulsory undergraduate courses and postgraduate dental education. Establishing national and international standards in dental charting would comply with contemporary trends in health care and the requirements of forensic expertise. View Full-Text
Keywords: dental record; record keeping; documentation; forensic odontology; dental education; Croatia dental record; record keeping; documentation; forensic odontology; dental education; Croatia
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Savić Pavičin, I.; Jonjić, A.; Maretić, I.; Dumančić, J.; Zymber Çeshko, A. Maintenance of Dental Records and Forensic Odontology Awareness: A Survey of Croatian Dentists with Implications for Dental Education. Dent. J. 2021, 9, 37. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9040037

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Savić Pavičin I, Jonjić A, Maretić I, Dumančić J, Zymber Çeshko A. Maintenance of Dental Records and Forensic Odontology Awareness: A Survey of Croatian Dentists with Implications for Dental Education. Dentistry Journal. 2021; 9(4):37. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9040037

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Savić Pavičin, Ivana, Ana Jonjić, Ivana Maretić, Jelena Dumančić, and Ajla Zymber Çeshko. 2021. "Maintenance of Dental Records and Forensic Odontology Awareness: A Survey of Croatian Dentists with Implications for Dental Education" Dentistry Journal 9, no. 4: 37. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/dj9040037

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