Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences
Piracicaba Dental School - UNICAMP
Vol. 11, No. 3, 2012, pp. 406-410
Bioline Code: os12042
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2012, pp. 406-410
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Analysis of canine dimorphism in the estimation of sex|
da Costa, Yuri Trigueiro Faustino; Lima, Laíse Nascimento Correia & Rabello, Patrícia Moreira
Aim: To evaluate the sexual dimorphism of mandibular and maxillary canines among dental
students of the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil. Methods: This was an observational, blind
and cross-sectional study with comparative and statistical-descriptive procedure. Fifty-one pairs
of plaster models belonging to undergraduate dental students aged 18-29 years were analyzed.
Quantitative data were organized and processed by means of the Statistical Package for the
Social Sciences (SPSS) software, version 15.0. This research has followed the guidelines of 196/
96 Brazilian Resolution of the National Health Council, Ministry of Health. Results: All measures
were found to show statistically significant differences between sexes (p<0.001) according to
Student’s t-test. Regarding the difference between the four canines for each sex separately, it was
found difference only between mandibular and maxillary canines (p<0.001) according to the F
test (ANOVA), but with no significant difference between the right and left sides. Conclusions:
Odontometric techniques allowed concluding that canine teeth present statistically significant sexual
dimorphism, and that they may be useful in the estimation of sex in complementary methods during
body identification. The data obtained in this study were compared with those of other studies to
provide information about sexual dimorphism be specific for each population.
canine tooth, forensic anthropology, forensic dentistry, odontometry, sex dimorphism.
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