ABFO, American Board of Forensic Odontology

David C. Averill, DDS

My blog will examine a specialty of the forensic sciences called forensic odontology. Forensic odontology deals with dentistry as it relates to the law.  Bitemark analysis is just one of the areas that a forensic odontologist may practice.  My blog will educate the reader with information concerning the controversial subject of  bitemark analysis.

The purpose of my blog is to improve bitemark analysis through social media publishing. It is hopeful that a greater understanding of the problems will invoke proper changes to prevent the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of an individual while the actual perpetrator is allowed to remain free.

All input and comments are welcome.

About the Blogger:

I am a past President of the American Board of Forensic Odontology and also of the American Society of Forensic Odontology.  I was the editor of the second edition of the ASFO – Manual of Forensic Odontology.  I have also served as president of the Vermont Board of Dental Examiners and am currently involved in dental licensure at the national level.  Currently I am the vice president of the Vermont Dental Society, with a focus on dental education, licensure  and access to dental care for all Vermonters.  I have a private practice of restorative dentistry in Burlington, Vermont and am a partner in a forensic firm in Washington, D.C., The National Forensic Science Foundation.  I am also a consultant in the office of the chief medical examiner, state of Vermont.

David C. Averill, DDS
239 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401



6 responses

  1. Thanks for leading me to an important article in your post “Statistical evidence for the similarity of the human dentition.” I really appreciated it because this is such an important study. Would it be okay if I used a portion of the post for a new blog post my writing team would be creating in the future?


    Carolyn Pinker

  2. Mr. Averill, I couldn’t find a working e-mail on your blog, so I thought here would be the best place to reach you.

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    All my best,

    Tibi Puiu

    • I served on my first trial a liltte over a year and half ago. Overall, I liked the experience for all of the reasons you mentioned, but I also thought it was interesting because it raised all sorts of philosophical questions, particularly in regards to the consequences of my decisions. Being around a group of people—especially those with fundamentally different opinions and temperaments—made me hyper-aware of other people’s biases, as well as my own. It also made me realize how difficult it is to make a rational decision in the company of others, and how easy it is for a majority to sway a minority.My final verdict: My faith is a liltte shaken in the value of consensus, and I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of such a process. My New Year’s resolution is to keep my nose clean in 2011.

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