Nearly 50,000 adults will be diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer this year. The risk of oral cancer increases in patients who are above the age of 40, patients who consume alcohol, people who smoke or chew tobacco, patients with personal or family histories of cancers, and people who commonly get cold sores. This puts many individuals at risk. However, anyone can develop oral cancer at any stage of life. The cure rate is high with early detection. In keeping with our commitment to the highest form of oral health care, the doctors at Patel & Dornhecker Dentistry offer oral cancer screenings at their offices in the Fairfield and Western Hills areas of Cincinnati.
Our doctors begin with a visual examination of your head, neck, and mouth. They check for growths, irritations, or white patches called leukoplakia.
Then, ViziLite technology provides a deeper level of scrutiny. The test is fast and painless, yet reveals tissue abnormalities that may not be visible to the human eye.
The process is simple:
- No anesthetic is needed.
- Your mouth is rinsed with a cleansing solution.
- The overhead light is dimmed.
- The dentist uses the ViziLite device to illuminate one area of the mouth at a time.
- As the dentist passes the light over oral tissues, healthy tissues appear dark, and problem areas look white.
It is important to remember that ViziLite exposes abnormal tissues, both benign (such as a harmless cheek bite) and potentially serious cancers or precancers. If your oral cancer screening shows abnormal tissues, the dentist may recommend a biopsy for further diagnosis. This can be performed at the dental office, or by your physician.
Make it part of your hygiene routine
We recommend adding this simple screening to your regular checkups. If you are in a high-risk group for oral cancer, or have any cause for concern between checkups, we can perform the screening at any time.
New patients are welcome. Call (513) 815-3166
for an appointment in Fairfield, or (513) 815-3188
for Western Hills.
Great, professional service!
Excellent service and care, Dr. Patel and her staff, are very professional, caring, and very friendly. Have recommended my friends to her location.