Oral Cancer Screening & Info

Oral Cancer Screening & Info - Dentistry for Midtown Atlanta

Oral cancer is a real concern and is taken very seriously by the professionals at Dentistry for Midtown. Revolutionary dental procedures like ViziLite Plus make the detection of this horrific disease easier saving not only teeth, but lives as well. This is among one of the many reasons why our dentists offer this option to people who suspect they have this progressive cancer.

ViziLite Plus with TBlueTM can identify the oral lesions via a chemiluminescent light source (ViziLite). This light is used in conjunction with a blue phenothiazine dye that marks the specific lesions, making them visible.

The ability to identify these lesions is critical to getting the care necessary to defeat the cancer at its earliest stages.

An annual ViziLite Plus exam, in combination with a regular visual examination, provides a comprehensive oral screening procedure for patients at increased risk for oral cancer. The ViziLite Plus exam is painless and fast, and could help save your life.

Oral cancer is very deadly, claiming one life every hour in the US alone. 25% of people who develop oral cancer have no lifestyle risk factors that herald the onset of this disease.

ViziLite Plus is an early detection dental system that can save lives by showing what cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Dentistry for Midtown dentists care about Atlanta Midtown patients and want to ensure that no one succumbs to this potentially life-threatening illness. We will continue to employ techniques like ViziLite Plus and many others to ensure the oral health of all our patients.

Contact us now if you wish to learn more about this or any other procedure that we offer at our Atlanta Midtown dental office.

Detection of Oral Cancer with ViziLite Plus with TBlueTM

Deadly Statistics About Oral Cancer

Every hour of every day, one American dies of oral cancer.

The mortality rate associated with oral cancer has not improved significantly in the last 40 years. The death rate in the United States for oral cancer is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkin's disease, cancer of the brain, liver, testes, kidney, or ovary.

More than 30,000 Americans will receive an oral cancer diagnosis this year. In five years, only 57% will still be alive. 27% of oral cancer victims do not use tobacco or alcohol and have no other lifestyle risk factors.

Steps To A Diagnosis

6 Common Oral Cancer Symptoms

  • A Sore or Blister in Your Mouth or on Your Lip That won't Heal
  • White and Red Patches in the Mouth or Lips
  • Difficulty Swallowing or Moving the Tongue
  • Persistent Earaches
  • Change in the Way Teeth Fit Together
  • Bleeding from the Mouth
  • Report any oral bleeding to your dentist and doctor. Bleeding can be caused by many things, but it is still a symptom of oral cancer and needs to be checked out.

Keep in mind that these symptoms may be that of other illnesses, so an exam by a physician is essential! If you are experiencing symptoms of oral cancer, please see your doctor or dentist.

NCI’s”What you need to know about oral cancer

CDC’s HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer Fact Sheet