Oral Cancer Screenings
Did you know, every hour one American dies from Oral Cancer?*
At Sixth Street Dental, we recommend that all patients receive an annual screening exam for oral cancer. Along with our standard visual exam, we also use a simple, 2-minute screen process called ViziLite TBlue.
- First you will rinse with a solution that will help your dental professional conduct the ViziLite exam.
- Next Dr. Zotis will examine your mouth using ViziLite. ViziLite uses a light source that helps improve the examiner’s ability to identify abnormalities that may be missed with a standard visual exam.
- Finally if a suspicious lesion is detected, it will be marked with TBlue and documented for further evaluation.
In most instances, we will conduct a thorough oral cancer examination using ViziLite TBlue and will determine that everything looks normal. However, there may be times with abnormalities may be discovered. At that point, we will qualify the lesions with TBlue and determine the appropriate next steps.
Are you at Risk?
Risk factors include but are not limited to*:
- Tobacco use
- Chronic alcohol consumption
- Age (40 and older)
- Oral HPV 16/18 infection
Why should I be screened?
When oral cancer is identified in the earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is nearly 82%.* Unfortunately, the survival rate of oral cancer has not improved greatly over the last 30 years due to late stage detection.* Early detection is the key to survival.
An annual screening exam using ViziLite TBlue, used in conjunction with a standard visual exam, helps to identify and qualify abnormalities that can lead to cancer. Simply put, a ViziLite TBlue exam may turn your annual visit into a life-saving experience.
*All data presented on this page is taken form VitiLite by DenMat pamphlet provided to Sixth Street Dental.
Here are some tips to help you take care of your smile!
Brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing dailyare essential for everyone, no matter how unique your mouth is. It’s the best way to fight tooth decay and gum disease.
Build a relationship
Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception. When Dr. Zotis sees you regularly, he or she is in a good position to catch oral problems early. For instance, catching gum disease when it’s still reversible, or cavities when they are small and are more easily treated.
Keeping your mouth healthy is an essential piece of your overall health. It’s important to keep Dr. Zotis informed of any changes in your overall health as well.
Talk about it!
Only Dr. Zotis can determine what the best treatment plan is for you. Have questions about your oral health or certain dental procedures? Start a conversation. Ask Dr. Zotis to explain step-by-step. Dentists love having satisfied, healthy patients.