The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

The early detection of oral cancer saves countless lives. Cancers detected at the earliest stages are the most easily and successfully treated. No one is in a better position to detect the earliest signs of oral cancer than a dentist using the latest oral cancer screening methods.

It may be surprising that so many are at increased risk for oral cancer. While some lifestyle choices can put you at a higher risk, other contributing factors cannot be helped.

Oral cancer is more likely in people who:

  • Smoke or have been smokers
  • Have used other forms of tobacco
  • Drink alcohol
  • Are over age 40
  • Are men
  • Have a history of HPV

Cutting-edge technology offers new methods for the detection of oral cancer before it can be seen with the naked eye. In addition to traditional oral cancer screening techniques, the ViziLite Plus system can be a valuable tool for the early detection of oral cancer.

Oral cancer is often not visible in the earliest stages. ViziLite Plus utilizes a special rinse followed by chemiluminescent light technology to make any abnormal cells appear white. A special dye is then used to mark the location of the abnormal cells for monitoring.

If you live in the Pittsburgh or Allison Park areas and would like to schedule an oral cancer screening with your next dental cleaning, please contact Dentonics using the form at the right side of the page or call 412-487-6910 today.

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