I recently purchased an oral ID screening light that detects oral cancer at its earliest stages. I am using this light now in virtually all of my new patient and recall exams. Like other cancers, when detected early, oral cancer responds quite well to treatment. The overwhelming response from patients to this new piece of high-tech equipment has been,” wow, that’s really cool!” I am really excited to provide this service to my patients and for them to be so aware of the importance of this screening method to their dental and general health.

The oral cancer screening light is also highly effective at ruling out false positives. This becomes a great tool for me in the exam phase as it allows me to put the patient at ease when either of us discovers a suspicious lesion in the mouth. This can also eliminate the need for the patient to return in one to two weeks for reevaluation of the lesion which could cause avoidable anxiety over the course of the waiting period. Using the oral ID screening light can also prevent unnecessary trips to the oral surgeon for biopsy.

Believe it or not, the demographic most on the rise for contracting oral cancer in this day and age is the teenage population because of their exposure to HPV. The oral ID screening light is highly specific at pointing out HPV in the mouth. It is important for everyone to see the dentist at regular intervals at least twice every year. This allows us to rule out oral cancer and to treat it at an early stage when detected.

I am very happy to now be able to provide this service for my patients. It puts me at ease knowing I’ve done all I can do to combat this insidious disease when we discover it in the oral cavity. Please feel free to ask me about the oral ID screening light for oral cancer the next time you are in for your checkup.