Ridgewood Dental Associates

Protect Your Future: Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is a common but serious condition that can affect your oral and overall health. It is estimated that nearly 41,000 patients will be diagnosed with oral cancer within the year. As such, it is essential that you undergo regular oral cancer screenings, especially if you are at high risk of the condition due to the use of tobacco products or heavy alcohol consumption. At Ridgewood Dental Associates we are dedicated to providing leading oral health care. By providing advanced oral cancer screenings using the latest technology at our Ridgewood, NJ, practice, we can help you protect your future. 

Why Are Screenings Important? 

Oral cancer screenings are essential to identifying oral cancer as early as possible and ensuring you receive swift treatment. Left untreated, oral cancer can cause:

  • Death
  • Pain
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional turmoil

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, more than 13,000 patients die of oral cancer each year. 

What Does an Oral Cancer Screening Entail? 

An oral cancer screening can be performed during your routine dental exam. During the screening, your doctor will perform a visual and physical exam, followed by a quick evaluation using the ViziLite® Plus light-based detection system. This entire process typically takes only a few minutes and no notable discomfort. 

ViziLite® Plus

First, the doctor will carefully look over your face, neck, and mouth for any signs of abnormalities or discoloration. They will then proceed to feel for abnormal masses on the head, cheeks, jawline, and under your chin. For assurance, your doctor will then use the ViziLite tool to examine the inside of your mouth. This technology is non-invasive, relying on a special blue-white light to identify any inconsistencies. Abnormal tissue is indicated by spots that do not become fluorescent under the light. 

When Abnormalities Are Detected

If the doctor finds tissue that appears to be abnormal, they either recommend you to a specialist or remove the tissue themselves. The sample will then be reviewed under a microscope for further testing. If the tissue is determined to be cancerous, you will need to see a specialist to begin treatment as soon as possible. 

Oral cancer screenings are essential to identifying oral cancer as early as possible and ensuring you receive swift treatment. 

Monitor at Home 

A vital part of ensuring oral cancer is treated at the earliest possible stage is monitoring for the disease at home. It is recommended that you look inside your mouth about once a month for any abnormalities. When examining your mouth, you should look in a mirror with a bright light and carefully check your tongue and cheeks for any unusual patches or bumps.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Typically, oral cancer is not painful, so you can have the condition and be unaware. While it can be difficult for the untrained eye to identify oral cancer, there are several signs you can be aware of. Oral cancer often appears as:

  • A small red or white patch 
  • About 3-4 mm in diameter
  • Raised in appearance and to the touch

Oral cancer can be found anywhere in the mouth including lips, tongue, palate, as well as any mucous membrane.

Your Health is Our Priority

If you suspect that you may have oral cancer or are a high-risk patient, please contact us online or call us at (201) 654-2474 to schedule your consultation. Our doctors are dedicated to your overall well-being and are proud to provide this potentially life-saving service.

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