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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Posted On: April 02, 2017

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If there was a quick and painless method to identify pre-cancerous cells in the mouth of someone you loved, would you want them to try it? What if that person were you? The truth is as uncomfortable as it may be to even think of the word Cancer, detecting it early is certainly the key to eradicating it. At Baylee Dental, it's part of our mission to provide the best diagnostic tools available to our patients. That's why we're proud to utilize a tool that when combined with your regular oral exam can assist in detecting oral abnormalities that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It's called Vizilite® Plus.

ViziLite Plus is used for the identification, evaluation and monitoring of oral mucosal abnormalities in populations at increased risk for oral cancer.

Such patients include:

  • Patients age 40 and older (95% of all oral cancer cases)
  • Patients age 18-39 who use tobacco, are heavy drinkers, or may have a previously diagnosed oral HPV 16/18 infection.
  • Patients age 65 and older with the lifestyle risk factors described above
  • And any patient with a history of oral cancer

Vizilite Plus works in two steps. The first is to rinse with a mild solution that temporarily dries the tissues in your mouth. Then the Vizilite Plus wand is used to illuminate the tissues in your mouth. This low intensity light reflects off any abnormal cells, causing them to appear as if they are ”glowing" – making abnormal cells easier to see.
Oral cancer screenings are recommended annually for all adults aged 18 and older and every six months if you are a smoker, regular user of alcohol or if you chew tobacco.

Before Rinse  What you see after rinse and before using the ViziLite Plus Wand                 

 After Rinse  After rinse and using the ViziLite Plus Wand

We're pleased to offer the Vizilite® Plus system at Baylee Dental and we're sure you'll understand why when we show you how it works at your next visit. If it's been a while since you've seen us, please call 352-307-3006 to schedule your next exam today!

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