'Estimation of age based on stage of development of teeth can give a near accurate date of birth of a child'
said Dr. J. Jayaraman, Research Scholar, Pediatric Dentistry, University of Hong Kong, while participating in a Continuing Dental Education programme at Sri Ramachandra University here today. In male children it could be as close as 1.5 weeks and in female children it could be as close as 2.6 weeks he added.
Dr. Jayaraman said such dental tests are widely practiced in UK and is legally accepted. In India however we need more evidence based research. There is also need for the development of reference data and its validation because of varied and diversified nature of Indian population with multi racial features, he added.
The workshop was held in the backdrop of UNICEF data in 2012 that only 41% of the children under five in India are registered at birth, difficulty in school admission and due to large-scale employment of child labour and juvenile crimes including rape and murder. Therefore determining the age of a child by dental test is growing in India said Dr. M.S. Muthu, HOD, Pediatric Dentistry, Sri Ramachandra University.
Mrs. Ovia, Social Activist, who spoke on the occasion said the dental test mode of determining the age of a child will be a boon to orphan children who face several problems due to lack of birth certificate. Film Director Mr. Stanley, Dean of Faculties Dr. K.V. Somasundaram and Dean of Dental College Dr. D. Kandaswamy were among those who participated in the event.
For Details Please Contact: Dr. M.S. Muthu, HOD, Pediatric Dentistry, Sri Ramachandra University, 9444045094 Mr. T.G. Nallamuthu, Consultant-Media Relations, SRU 9444265578 [email protected]