Oral ID Cancer Screening
What is Oral ID?
Oral ID is a cancer-screening device that allows your dentist to detect pre-cancerous lesions before they become seriously detrimental to your health. The device uses fluorescence technology consisting of a blue light that will illuminate abnormalities in your mouth. It is similar technology to what is used to detect abnormalities in the lungs, GI tract, cervix, and skin. This light will help locate cancer and pre-cancer lesions that may not be visible to the naked eye.
Why is an oral cancer screening important?
The goal of oral cancer screenings is to detect precancerous lesions before they become seriously harmful. The sooner you can detect oral cancer, the more likely it will be curable. Detecting oral cancer in the early stages has a significant impact on the survival rate of the patient. A traditional oral cancer screening typically detects oral cancer in the later stages, which means the survival rate is likely much lower. The fluorescence technology used by Oral ID can detect oral cancer much earlier than a traditional oral cancer screening before significant damage can be done to your health and wellness.
Oral ID is pain-free and uses no dyes or rinses. The screening only takes a few moments and could potentially save your life. Consult with your dentist today to find out your level of risk for oral cancer, and determine if you may be an ideal candidate for an Oral ID screening.
People with the highest amount of risk for oral cancer include:
● Tobacco users of any kind: cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, etc.
● Heavy alcohol consumers
● Previously had oral cancer
● History of sun exposure or skin cancer
We believe all of our patients should get an oral cancer screening in order to minimize the chance of late-stage detection. Call our office today to schedule your oral cancer screening.