Dr. Kevin Cox, D.M.D., says: "It's important that you have an oral cancer screening each time you come into the office."
Up until recently the only way for dentists and dental hygienists to detect oral cancer was with the naked eye. Now new technology called the Vizilite is making it easier for them.
Dr. Cox says: "The Vizilite is just an adjunct to be able to detect that kind of stuff. Where the lesions form in the mouth in early stages and you just can't see it sometimes. And then it gets to a later stage that's harder to treat and it's pretty much gone."
Here's how it works. Patients first sign a release to give the dentist permission.
Angela Dotson is a dental hygienist who uses Vizilite on patients. She says: "Once they get signed and give consent. I have the patient wash with 30 ml of Vizilite solution. They rinse for 30-60 seconds."
They then activate the Vizilite glow stick and do an examination of the oral cavity, tongue, and throat.
Dotson says: "The glowsticks allows us to show things the solution makes apparent."
If spots are suspicious the dentist refers the patient to an oral surgeon.
The spot is then biopsied and tested for cancer.
For more information on the Vizilite go to www.vizilite.com.