• The Lips. Their Role In Forensic Odontology

Lambert Academic Publishing
Publication date:

(Dr. Rachana Prabhu is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Dept of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Yenepoya University, Mangalore, India. Her interest in Forensic Odontology made her carry out Research in the same area. She has presented & published several papers, conducted workshop on forensic odontology at National & International level)


The LIPS (labia oris)”are the two fleshy folds which surround the rima or orifice of the mouth. Second only to eyes, the lips attract more attention than any other feature on the face. The lip is both cosmetically and functionally important. Apart from its cosmetic and the functional importance, the lips play a very important role in person identification in forensic investigation. Identification is a matter of paramount importance in any crime investigation. Lips, like fingers and toes, have special features unique to the individual. No two lips are the same. A new area of investigation in the detection of crime is the use of wrinkles on the lips and study of these lines on the lip is called as “cheiloscopy”. Thus today identity can be established by a combination of methods which makes the identification process relatively flawless. The role of Lips in Forensic Odontology has been discussed in detail in the present book.

MATERIAS: Forensic odontology, lip prints, Cheiloscopy, Lips