The hard outer shell of teeth can help protect the inner pulp where DNA is stored...even in extreme conditions. The specific anatomy of the tooth and the DNA may allow investigators and forensic dentists to identify individuals.
Source: Forensic Dentistry: The Key to Unlocking Many Mysteries, March 2007, Academy of General Dentistry, http://www.agd.org/public/oralhealth/Default.asp?IssID=332&Topic=T&ArtID=1332#body
Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group in Mississauga
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada
(1/2 km north of the QEW in the Dome Building)