Your dentist checks for signs of oral cancer every time you visit for a cleaning. Traditionally, these screenings were done with the naked eye, but with new technology, they are easier and more effective than ever. Keep reading to find out how the ViziLite tool makes checking for cancer faster and more accurate for your Baltimore dentist.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is a serious concern, claiming more lives than other types of cancer simply because it can be difficult to detect until the cancer has severely progressed. However, oral cancer is incredibly curable if it’s caught early enough to take action. During your bi-annual checkup with your general dentist, he will perform an oral cancer screening to look for visual signs of oral cancer in your mouth. However, a simple visual inspection has its limits, and it can be difficult to see underneath your tongue or at the backs of your cheeks, even with the aid of a light source.
The ViziLite Technology
With the ViziLite oral cancer screening technology, your dentist can see any indications of oral cancer better than ever before; even a tiny group of cancerous cells can be identifiable. During your ViziLite screening, you will first rinse with a solution of acetic acid, which sticks to the cells of the soft tissues in your mouth such as your gums, cheeks, tongue, and throat. Next, a special light is used to illuminate the inside of your mouth; this light causes any cancerous cells or lesions to appear white, as a stark contrast to the healthy surfaces of your mouth that will appear dark. Along with a visual inspection, ViziLite helps your dentist to identify even the smallest areas of cancer, meaning immediate treatment for you.
Get the best oral cancer screening available with ViziLite technology during your next exam at The Smile Design Center of Baltimore. Gain peace of mind with the knowledge that your mouth is healthy with every visit to our dentists. Find out more on our website or call (443) 275-9821.