Poor oral health lands identical twin in hot water
SUMMARY: Read about how good dental hygiene helped solve a crime of identity theft.
Posted: December 24, 2013
We bet you never thought poor oral hygiene could get you in trouble with the police. Although there are many "crimes" that go around in the dental world, i.e. not flossing and missing check-ups, it's rare that you are going to need an actual bond for your bad breath and teeth.
But in fact, that is exactly what happened to a woman in Tuscaloosa after she was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. The woman, Stephanie Rasmussen, was pulled over on Interstate 20/59. Instead of handing over her license, registration and proof of insurance to the police, she instead gave away her identical twin sister's information.
According to Tuscaloosa News, the sister contact the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's department after she received a court notice via mail for the traffic infraction. She then proved to the local authorities that she had been working at a local restaurant during the time the traffic stop occurred, but the identity thief debacle didn't stop there.
She also indicated to local officials that her healthy gums and teeth were in much better condition that her sister's. There was also a neck tattoo that Rasmussen was sporting during the traffic stop, while her sister revealed that she had no tattoos.
As it turns out, what Rasmussen thought would be a clean getaway ended up failing her in the end due to the likely cavities and bad breath situation that was going on in her mouth. We don't want to brag, but it seems like her twin sister's good brushing and flossing habits worked to bring the true criminal to justice.
While identity theft is something you may not be able to prevent on your own, you can protect the health of your teeth by visiting your dentist regularly, and brushing and flossing with Therabreath products. Who knows? It may even save you some jail time.