Military personnel to have their dental records preserved
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Last Updated: Monday, October 19, 2009, 23:54
New Delhi: The Defence Ministry has embarked on a mammoth task of collecting and preserving dental records of the nearly 15-lakh strong armed forces for identifying casualties in combat.

"We are coming up with a Centrally monitored database containing dental records of armed forces personnel. It will be a digital record and a pilot project in this regard has shown that it will be of great help to us," Director General Dental Services (DGDS) Lieutenant General S B Sehajpal said.

The exercise to collect the dental records of men of the armed forces would enable the defence establishment to ascertain the identity of men who die in combat and whose bodies are unidentifiable.

"We have many physical aspects like finger print, the DNA and the iris that are unique to all individuals. But the human teeth is the only such hard tissue in the body that can help identify an individual even when the body is destroyed beyond visual recognition, " Commandant Army Dental Centre Brigadier V R Pawar told reporters at the inauguration of a modern dental centre at the Army Research and Referral Hospital here.

This record will be collected as soon as any individual joins the armed forces. The records will be organised now. All important details of an individual's teeth will be collected and maintained, he said.

According to experts, dental identifications have always played a key role during natural and man-made disasters along with aviation mishaps.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 19, 2009, 23:54

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