Better screening saves lives.®
You may think that oral cancer only affects a few people, but the American Cancer Society reports that more than 35,000 Americans suffer from it every year. So how do you keep your family safe from oral cancer?
ViziLite® Plus can help your dentist detect signs of oral cancer before it becomes a problem. That means, treatment is much easier and more effective. Standard visual exams are not always able to identify potentially dangerous oral abnormalities, such as oral lesions and precancerous cells, but ViziLite® Plus gives dental health professionals the advantage of early detection.
How it Works
The ViziLite® Plus exam is quick, painless, and efficient. First, you will be given a mouthwash designed to draw attention to cell abnormalities. This special formula actually turns abnormalities in your mouth, throat, tongue, and lips into a low-intensity light source, which makes detection and identification of any threats easier to find for your dentist or hygienist. Next, your dental health provider will mark any potential problem areas with our TBlue® dye, a non-toxic substance that allows your dentist or hygienist to monitor the growth of lesions over time. By the time your next appointment arrives, your dentist will know whether you need to visit an oral surgeon for a biopsy and you can receive treatment as early as possible.
Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?
Although 1 in 4 oral cancer patients report no risk factors, there are some genetic and environmental elements that can put you at a higher risk of developing oral cancer. It is important to remember that having one or more of the following factors does not guarantee the development of oral cancer; they simply increase the chance of getting it.
Tobacco and alcohol use are common in oral cancer patients. If you drink heavily and/or use tobacco in any form, you are more likely to suffer. Oral cancer can also be hereditary, so let your dentist know if anyone in your family has had the disease. Finally, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is known to increase the chances of developing oral cancer.
What is the best way to stay safe? Take charge and minimize your risk by getting rid of your risk factors, especially if you are over 40. You cannot change a genetic predisposition, but you can eliminate alcohol and tobacco from your life, improve your health, and reduce your chances of developing oral cancer.