Toothprinting in The Woodlands, TX
Why Every Child Should Be Toothprinted
Dr. Taylor's own daughter was kidnapped in Oklahoma in 1996. She was 14 years old at the time, and by God's grace escaped from the two 16 year old boys who had a mission to rape and murder some innocent girl that day. One hour later they kidnapped another girl whom they did rape and murder.
This experience has made child safety a passion of Dr. Taylor's. Working with the Texas Dental Association and the Masons of Texas, he has started a statewide program for child identification by toothprinting children in every public school and across every socio-economic barrier.
While he is working the long and arduous political adventure to implement this program, he is reaching out locally as much as possible. He has done free toothprints of all children in his practice, and has made free toothprints for thousands of children at programs such as National Night Out, The Children's Festival and several other local events. His goal is to try to educate as many people as possible. He has been a speaker at several different dental meetings because many dentists are not aware of the importance of toothprints.
Advantages of Toothprints
Toothprints offer multiple advantages.
- They capture both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA, which is good indefinitely.
- The unique scent of each child is captured on the thermoplastic wafer and remains good for many years. We teach the children to spit as much as possible if they are abducted by a bad person. This leaves a scent trail for dogs to follow and definite DNA evidence that a child was in a location.
- Toothprints capture the imprint of the upper and lower teeth, which can be used to identify remains and give closure in certain situations where the child has not had fillings or other markers in the dentition.
Making a toothprint is a fast, painless process. The toothprint wafer is warmed in hot water and the child bites into it. The wafer cools down and becomes very rigid. Then the wafer is placed in a zip locked bag wet with saliva and stored at room temperature by the parents.
Ideally the tooth print should be repeated every three years.