Send to

Choose Destination
J Forensic Dent Sci. 2018 May-Aug;10(2):88-91. doi: 10.4103/jfo.jfds_102_17.

Comparison of cheiloscopy, odontometric, and facial index for sex determination in forensic dentistry.

Author information

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Vinayaka Mission's Sankarachariyar Dental College, Vinayaka Missions Research Foundation (Deemed to be University), Ariyanoor, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India.
Department of Conservative Dentistry, Penang International Dental College, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India.
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Maduravoyal, Tamil Nadu, India.
Dental Consultant, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.



The "gender determination" which is an important human identification procedure not only helps in establishing the biological profile from skeletal and dental remains but also in facial reconstruction of unidentified victims.


The aim of this study is to analyze predominant types of lip prints (cheiloscopy), accuracy of mandibular canine index (MCI) (odontometric), and facial index in the study population and to identify whether any correlation among the above parameters could help forensic dentistry in solving crimes.

Materials and Methods:

A pilot study was conducted in 100 individuals, 50 males and 50 females aged between 20 and 25 years. For each individual, the lip prints, MCI, and facial index measurements were recorded on the same day analyzed by two observers. All the analysis was done using SPSS version 14 assessed using t-test and Chi-square test.


Type II pattern of lip prints is observed as common pattern among male and female. There is no significant difference in Odontometric analysis. The mean value of facial index analysis in both genders shows highly significant.


A large-scale study is required in order to validate our results to arrive at definitive results and value.


Canine index; facial index; inter canine width; lip prints; mandibular canine index; odontometric

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Medknow Publications and Media Pvt Ltd Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center