Toothprints® Dental ID for Children

toothprints logoToothprints® was developed by a pediatric dentist who began using dental bite impressions as a way of safeguarding his own child and other young patients. The thermoplastic wafer records the size and shape of a child’s teeth, the tooth position within the arch, and the relationship between upper and lower jaws.

toothprints waferLike fingerprints, dental imprints are unique to every person, so bite impressions serve an accurate method of identification - not even identical twins have the same bite characteristics. A Toothprints® impression also captures saliva, which is a powerful source of human scent, thus making the wafer effective for scent-dog tracking. The saliva also provides a DNA sample.

Dr. Rogers softens the thermoplastic wafer in a water bath.  He then has the child bite down for ten seconds to make the impression...t's that simple. Parents keep the Toothprints® disc at home in a reclosable bag (provided), for confidentiality and quick access.