Toothprints® Child Identification
Keeping our children safe, secure and happy is important to all parents. One of the greatest fears that Dr. Brian shares with parents is that a child may get lost. Our office provides the Toothprints® ID system to our patients.
Toothprints® is a very simple way of documenting your child’s unique tooth characteristics, saliva and DNA for use in case they ever get lost.
Like fingerprints, dental imprints are unique to every person – not even identical twins have the same bite characteristics. In addition, sufficient proteins in the saliva remain on the Toothprints wafer from which a DNA test can be successfully performed. The wafer is sealed in a “zipper” type bag thus allowing enough scent to remain for a trained dog to identify and track it, if necessary. A Toothprints ID provides a unique record that can give you a greater peace of mind!
It only takes a few minutes to make a Toothprints® ID. Your child will bite into a warmed Toothprints wafer. After a 2-3 minute cool down, the wafer is placed in the recloseable plastic bag that we provide. Your child’s name is written on the bag, and given to you for safekeeping. We also suggest that you keep it with a recent photograph of your child.
Recommended Toothprints® Update Schedule
Initial Impression - Ages 3 to 5 or after all primary teeth have erupted.
Update – Ages 6 to 10 or after the upper and lower incisors and the first permanent molars have erupted.
Update – Ages 11 to 14 or after all permanent teeth, excluding 3rd molars have erupted.