The new face of oral cancer
More people are being diagnosed with oral cancer than ever before. But surprisingly, research shows this increase is not due to the traditional risk factors of drinking, smoking or using chewing tobacco.
A new reason for concern
Oral cancer is now being found in a younger population of men and women who don't smoke or drink heavily. One reason for this increase in people under age 40 is due to the exposure to the HPV-16 and HPV-18 viruses, known collectively as the human papillomavirus. The HPV virus can spread by intimate contact, including kissing. That is why the Centers for Disease Control recommends that all patients over the age of 17 be screened annually for oral cancer.
Screen with certainty.
Detect with confidence.
The signs and symptoms of oral cancer are often missed with the naked eye, especially in its early stages. The Identifi® uses a revolutionary lightwave technology that can help clinicians detect abnormalities that may lead to oral cancer, so that something may be done about it as soon as possible. Early detection means early treatment, and a cure rate of nearly 90%.
Our dental professionals, on the front line of detection, have a revolutionary new medical device called Identifi that uses multi-spectral technology to identify biochemical and morphological changes in the cells of your mouth, throat, tongue, and tonsils. These changes are subtle, as they happen at the cellular level, and therefore go undetected by the naked eye. These changes are made visible through the use of Identifi's unique three-wavelength technology, which illuminates possible areas of change that may signal the occurrence or early beginnings of oral cancer.
The test is simple, painless, and takes less than 3 minutes
Here's how it works:
Using the Identify in the "White Light" mode, your dentist will first examine the entire oral cavity. The upper portion of the mouth and inner contour of the teeth are examined first, followed by the lower portion of the mouth, The tongue, hard and soft palate, and the pharynx are then examined.
Next the instrument is switched to the patented 405-nanometer "Fluorescent Violet Light" to identify and areas of abnormal tissue growth, which may be benign or cancerous.
Finally the instrument is switched to "Green-Amber Reflectance Light" to examine the blood vessels around the lesions. Areas with increased diffuse vasculature are more likely to become precancerous or cancerous.
Oral cancer signs and symptoms
In its earliest stages, most oral cancer is virtually undetectable by just looking. And when oral cancer begins, it may not produce pain or discomfort. In other words, it is possible to have oral cancer or pre-cancer without even knowing it.
That is why it is important for everyone to be screened for oral cancer at least once per year. However, if you notice a change in your mouth or throat, such as a sore, or red or white spot that lasts longer than 2 weeks, you should contact us immediately.
An oral cancer screening is performed routinely once a year for all our adult patients as part of your regular preventive exam.