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Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer screening in NY

Oral cancer has one of the highest death rates of all cancers, and the biggest reason is the lack of awareness surrounding the disease. You will be surprised to know that in United States, one person dies every hour due to oral cancer.

In addition, there has been a consistent increase in new cases among men and women under 50 years old who have never smoked.

As per the research, it is clear that early oral cancer detection saves lives. In more than 90% of cases, the oral cancer was cured when detected at an early stage. At North Island Dental Arts, we offer oral screenings to patients as part of their routine oral exam because we feel it is that important.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

Oral cancer typically reveals itself the following areas:
  • Tongue
  • Cheeks
  • Gums
  • Tonsils
  • Floor of the mouth
  • Oropharynx

While not every extraordinary thing in your mouth is necessarily cancer, it is important to stay cautious as early detection is the key. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please get in touch with our dental experts to arrange for an oral screening.

  • Red or white sores similar to ulcers but they do not heal
  • Pain while swallowing
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Growing lumps or lesions
  • Pain in the ear, mouth or anywhere in the facial region

Vizlite Plus Oral Cancer Screening Procedure

There are very high chances of curing oral cancer if detected early. We provide Vizlite Plus, an FDA approved oral cancer screening light that helps dentists to detect oral cancer at the early stage, preventing it from getting worse. The Vizlite examination takes only minutes and doesn’t cause discomfort or intrusion. Vizlite Plus uses a special type of chemiluminescent technology for detecting any type of soft tissue abnormalities in the oral cavity.

How is Vizlite examination performed?

Vizlite examination is simple and quick. Dr. Amit Dhar performs an extensive visual examination of the cheeks, teeth and surrounding areas. The patient must swish with a pre-rinse solution around the mouth for approx one minute. Next, the Vizlite light is positioned towards the mouth. The patients are made to wear protective eyewear which shields the retina. The Vizlite light exposes any lesions or abnormal tissues that would be invisible to the naked eye. This unique dental equipment can be a life saver, so it is important to schedule regular dental checkups.

If you have any questions regarding oral dental screenings or Vizlite Plus examination, call us at: 516-616-4800.

Frequently Asked Questions – Oral Cancer Screening New Hyde Park

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