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Vocabulary

  • Bite mark: a pattern produced on a surface during the act of biting
  • Canines: the teeth located on either side of the incisors; they look like “fangs” on both the top and bottom of your jaw
  • Forensic odontology: the handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence
  • Incisors: the front, flat-edged teeth on the top and bottom of your jaw
  • Molars: teeth located behind the premolars. They are wide and flat for grinding food and are located on the top and bottom of your jaw
  • Premolars: teeth located behind the canines. They are wide and flat for grinding food and are located on the top and bottom of your jaw.
  • Saliva: the liquid secreted by glands in the mouth
  • Unique evidence: information or clues at a crime scene that can be traced to a specific person