The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Briarcliff Dental Care

When you question your oral health, I bet that the last thing in your mind is cancer. Most of the time, we go into our dental care and bi-pass a simple exam that could save our lives. Oral cancer is on the rise. One person will die every hour from oral cancer.   48,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. We can help that number decrease by one action, next time you go in to your routine dental care ask about the screening for oral cancer, inform yourself and get the screening done.

The best outcome for oral cancer is always early diagnosis and treatment. If the cancer is discovered early the cure rate is almost 90%.  However, most of the time oral cancer is far too often discovered in late stage development. Early detection and diagnosis can make a tremendous difference in life expectancy.  ViziLite screening for oral cancer exam can help your dentist or hygienist identify abnormal tissue that might develop into oral cancer. 

How does the ViziLite work? You will be happy to hear that it’s a very easy and simple screening you can do with in your dental re-care appointment. Your Dentist will always do a visual exam to check for any abnormalities, the ViziLite is just a helpful tool that aids them into seeing something that the naked eye could have missed. Once the routine exam is done your Doctor or Hygienist will ask you to rinse your mouth with the ViziLite pre-rinse solution for about 30-60 seconds.  After rinsing with a special solution, abnormal squamous epithelium tissue will appear acetowhite.  When viewed under ViziLite diffuse low-energy wavelength light, the hygienist or Doctor will use to shine inside your oral cavity. Normal epithelium will absorb the light and appear dark, with abnormal epithelium some leukoplakias appear white; red lesions appear darker than the surrounding tissue. This is how your Dentist or Hygienist will know of any abnormalities. 

So next time you go see your dental professional, ask questions get informed and get your oral cancer screening.

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