Mandibular canine: A tool for sex identification in forensic odontology


Ramniwas Kumawat
Sarika Dindgire
Mangesh Gadhari
Pratima Khobragade
Priyanka Kadoo
Pradeep Yadav


Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the accuracy of mandibular canine index (MCI) and mandibular mesiodistal odontometrics in sex identification in the age group of 17–25 years in central Indian population. Materials and Methods: The study sample comprised total 300 individuals (150 males and 150 females) of an age group ranging from 17 to 25 years of central Indian population. The maximum mesiodistal diameter of mandibular canines, the linear distance between the tips of mandibular canines, was measured using digital vernier caliper on the study models. Results: Overall sex could be predicted accurately in 79.66% (81.33% males and 78% females) of the population by MCI. Whereas, considering the mandibular canine width for sex identification, the overall accuracy was 75% for the right mandibular canine and 73% for the left mandibular canine observed. Conclusion: Sexual dimorphism of canine is population specific, and among the Indian population, MCI and mesiodistal dimension of mandibular canine can aid in sex determination.


How to Cite
Ramniwas Kumawat, Sarika Dindgire, Mangesh Gadhari, Pratima Khobragade, Priyanka Kadoo, & Pradeep Yadav. (2017). Mandibular canine: A tool for sex identification in forensic odontology. Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences, 9(2), 118–122.


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