Your semi-annual appointments are important for more than just a cleaning and checkup. The also give you the opportunity to have an oral cancer screening in Lake Highlands. With 54,000 people diagnosed with a form of oral cancer annually, it is estimated 80% of new cases can be diagnosed early by dentists. Since the 5-year survival rate it only 65%, early detection is vital to prevent the cancer from reaching advanced stages or spreading to other areas of the body. At Walnut Hill Dental Associates, Dr. Bolouri uses OralID to find cancer and precancerous cells early.
Oral cancer is classified as those that affect the head and neck, but brain cancer is in a separate category. Although it is not widely discussed, oral cancer is quite common. Unfortunately, many people are not aware they are at risk or they have signs of cancer because symptoms can be mistaken for another issue. As a result, it often goes undetected until it becomes too difficult to treat.
If you have certain signs of oral cancer that last longer than 2 weeks, it is best to contact our office for a screening, such as:
Besides a visual examination, your dentist in Lake Highlands, Dr. Bolouri uses a special device called OralID. It uses fluorescence technology to aid the visualization of abnormalities in the oral cavities. The special blue light is proven to help detect cancer and pre-cancer cells.
The small hand-held device causes no pain or discomfort during the oral mucosal screening. Dr. Bolouri simply shines the light in your mouth to view the tissue fluorescence during your oral cancer screening. Healthy tissue appears as a fluorescence green under the blue light, but abnormal tissue will look darker. If a concerning area is found, a sample of the tissue is taken to be tested at a lab to see if any further action is necessary.
Unlike other oral cancer screening techniques, you will not need to worry about any special rinses or dyes. Instead, you will enjoy the convenience and accuracy of OralID to harness the power of early detection.
If you are among the one-third of adults who do not see their dentist twice a year, now you have another reason not to skip your preventive appointments. Besides a cleaning and checkup, you can undergo a regular oral cancer screening to detect any concerning areas sooner.
If it has been more than 6 months since your last visit, do not wait any longer. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.