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 and Dornhecker Dentistry offer oral cancer screenings at their offices in the Fairfield and Bridgetown 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.
Dr. Jesal A. Patel and Dr. Shawn Dornhecker run a successful dental practice in their home state of Ohio. Both doctors attended the Miami University for Microbiology in Oxford, Ohio and The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. The wife-husband duo brings together a wealth of experience while working with children, adults, and veterans during their residency at The Medical College of Ohio.
Patel and Dornhecker Dentistry has two offices in Bridgetown and Fairfield. The team at the clinic strives to serve with the best quality care to their patients using the latest technology. They strongly believe in working with local businesses in Ohio to empower the local community.