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A Bibliometric Analysis of the Published Literature Related to Toothbrush as a Source of DNA

Govindarajan Sujatha, Veeraraghavan V Priya, Saranya Varadarajan

Keywords : Deoxyribonucleic acid, Forensic dentistry, Polymerase chain reaction, Toothbrush

Citation Information :

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-2103

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-10-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Aim: The present bibliometric analysis was conducted to assess the articles published on toothbrush as a source of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in order to highlight the importance and role of toothbrushes in forensic dentistry. Materials and methods: Dimensions software was used to search for published literature pertaining to the keywords toothbrush and DNA on 5th February 2022. Two reviewers assessed the articles in terms of year of publication, authors, country of origin, journal of publication, and the affiliated institutions of the authors as well as their collaborations and the most cited publications. Results: The search revealed a total of 10,700 publications between the year 2000 and 2021. The number of publications every year was not uniform with a spike from 2007 to 2008. The United States ranked the highest in terms of publication. Journal of Critical Care had the highest number of publications in this field, Agnes Bouchez and Frederic Rimet from France were the top-ranked authors whereas David Herran from Spain had maximum number of citations. Harvard University topped the list of universities. Conclusion: The present analysis depicts the decline in number of publications related to toothbrush and DNA in recent years. Hence, studies in different populations with larger sample size are needed to determine the exact usefulness of toothbrushes as a source of DNA for identification of a person. Clinical significance: The present analysis provides information on the most cited articles in toothbrush as a source of DNA and gives directions for future research. Also further, DNA obtained from toothbrushes can aid in identifying genetic mutations that could be a tool for determination of risk assessment and early diagnosis of diseases.

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