Havasu Dentist: Crack the Case with Dentistry – How Forensic Scientists Use Teeth

Did you know that teeth are one of the most essential pieces of evidence to a crime case?  Two parts of the body are a definite contributor to someone’s identity – fingerprints, and teeth! To date, one of the most common and useful fossils or evidence has been the presence of teeth or even bite marks. Researchers have found teeth that are 160,000 years old! Studying teeth for investigation is considered the study of ondontology.

What you notice about your teeth – the small details, curves, alignment, colors – everyone has unique esthetics naturally. To identify key features of teeth forensic scientists and dental professionals use terms like cusp shape, crown length, golden proportions, occlusion, and more.

In the news over time, very famous cases have been solved with the help of ondontology. Recently made into a film, the famous cases of Ted Bundy, bite marks being studied in trial was an actual event to his real-life case. Using science, researchers were able to gather evidence on if Ted Bundy was guilty of the crime.

Want to know about more ondontology cases? Check out this website of historical ondontology cases: https://www.encyclopedia.com/science/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/odontology-historical-cases

Havasu Dentist: Dental Assistant, Tara

I am loving working as a dental assistant here! My favorite part of each day is always having something to do for a patient, keeping that fast-paced vibe in our office. I love animals and own two crested geckos that I consider to be my babies. My hobbies include snowboarding with my family and baking! Serenity Dental has taught me so much so far and I’ve made so many new relationships with my coworkers. Everyday’s fun.

Havasu Dentist: Insurance Assistant, Makayla

I am originally from Las Vegas, NV, but love it here in Havasu because it is small and beautiful. I am the Insurance Coordinator for Serenity Dental and my goal is to always be aware of all treatment options, plus give them clarity on what their insurance can do for them. Dr. Kaushesh is the best boss I’ve ever had! I’m super family oriented and love to spend time with my nieces and nephews. In my free time, I love to drive around in my mini cooper and get my nails done in wild colors.

Havasu Dentist: Brand Representative, Alberta

I’m currently the brand representative for all of Dr. Kaushesh’s practices. My first professional job started at Serenity Dental where over the years, I have performed several roles in the office and have loved to learn the “whole picture” of how a dental office should operate – with the best attitudes, positivity, hard work, presence, and the best patient care possible.

I am proud to be applying to the 2020 cycle of applicants to dental school and hope to become a dentist by 2025, looking up to master dentist Dr. Kaushesh for the keys to success on how to be the best dentist I can be. In my free time, I love to cook, do CrossFit, and travel….while studying of course.

Havasu Dentist: Patient Care Specialist, Nikki

During the time I have been with Serenity Dental, I have enjoyed each patients case from beginning to end and getting to know our patients on a more personal level.

Havasu Dentist: Dental Assistant, Jeanette

I was born and raised here in this town with the bluest lake and the bluest skies. I carry the best attitude because everyone around me is so happy. Working chair-side with my doctor, I get to see the unique solutions we create for each of our patients!

Havasu Dentist: Registered Dental Hygienist, Morgan

Getting to know my patients and forming a special bond with them is one of the best parts of my job. Since joining the team here at Serenity Dental, I have grown to love my profession even more while working alongside Dr. Ash and the rest of the team!

Havasu Dentist: Office Manager, Nichole

I moved to Lake Havasu City about 22 years ago, so it’s safe to say that this is my hometown, a town that I have grown to love. I enjoy being outdoors in nature, hiking, camping, going out on our lake, and reading. Spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do. One of the many things I love about Serenity Dental is the familial atmosphere we have, being able to be a part of our patients’ journey of making their smile healthy.

Havasu Dentist: Registered Dental Hygienist, Melanie

I am a registered dental hygienist here at Serenity Dental. I love being able to help patients overcome their dental fears, while also taking control of their oral health to improve their overall health. Working here is truly rewarding with such a great team. Here at Serenity, there is a solution for everyone and their dental needs – I love that my job allows me to be apart of that journey and to form lasting relationships with our patients. Outside of work, I spend my time with my family, friends, fur babies, off-roading, and wedding planning.

Havasu Dentist: Dental Assistant, Trystan

I have grown up in Lake Havasu City and I enjoy the community I’m surrounded by. Working for Serenity Dental is the biggest, best job I’ve ever had. Working alongside Dr. Kaushesh and my supporting, respectful coworkers makes work a great environment to be in. I am continuing to learn about dental assisting and I feel that I gain new skills everyday and work hard to do my best to treat our patients. Patient care has become extremely important to me and I enjoy getting to know all of our patients and new ones to come. I look forward to continuing my success here at Serenity Dental with a smile on my face!