Three people a day die from oral cancer in Canada.
Late detection of oral cancer is the primary reason that mortality rates are so dismal. As with most other cancers, agis is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. Though tobacco use is a major predisposing risk factor, 25% of oral cancer victims have no lifestyle risk factors.
Oral cancer strarts in the cells of the mouth (oral cavity). The oral cavity is made up of many parts:
- inside of the lips and cheeks
- hard palate (roof of the mouth)
- floor of the mouth (under the tongue)
- gums and teeth
Our practice continually strives to provide important enhancements in oral health care. We are concerned about oral cancer and look for it in all “at risk” patients. We have a screening tool that allows us to detect oral cancer earlier than ever before! This system allows the Dentist or Hygienist to visualize and identify oral mucosal abnormalities that may have otherwise been missed during a conventional oral cancer examination. It is the only medical device that the FDA has cleared for the identification of oral abnormalities in patients with an increased risk for oral cancer.
Who is at risk of oral cancer?
Increased Risk: Patients age 18-39 with no lifestyle risk factors
High Risk: Patients age 40 and older with no lifestyle risk factors OR Patients age 18-39 with lifestyle risk factors.
Highest Risk: Patients age 65 and older with lifestyle risk factors or patients with a history of oral cancer.
Lifestyle risk factors for oral cancer include:
- Tobacco use (any type, any age, within 10 years)
- Alcohol consumption of at least 1 drink per day (3 ounces of hard liquor, 4 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of beer)
- Immune deficiencies such as HIV & AIDS
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV 16/18)
How Vizilite Plus Works
As with most serious diseases, early detection is the key to successful outcomes. Unfortunately, the problem with oral cancer is that approximately 70% of the time it is not visible to us until it has reached an advanced stage. ViziLite Plus technology assists us in seeing abnormal tissue in the mouth, before it is plainly obvious.
As ViziLite Plus passes over oral tissue that has been treated with the rinse solution, normal healthy tissue will absorb the light and appear dark, abnormal tissue will appear white. The purpose of using ViziLite Plus is to identify tissue changes at their earliest stage; once abnormal tissue has been identified it is up to your dental professional to determine what the appropriate next steps are.
What is the cost?
We are offering an introductory rate for the ViziLite Plus screen. It is $39.97 and we can even help you determine whether your dental insurance will cover this expense. Simply ask us to submit a predetermination on your behalf at your next appointment