Better screening saves lives.®ViziLite Plus is a great tool Masterpiece Smiles uses for oral cancer screening. According to the American Cancer Society, oral cancer affects more than 35,000 people in the United States each year. Don't let yourself be one of them. ViziLite® Plus is a simple screening system that was developed to help oral healthcare professionals identify and evaluate abnormalities in your mouth. These may include suspicious oral lesions, precancerous cells and cancer, which may be difficult to see during a regular visual exam. When oral cancer is found early, treatment is less invasive and outcomes are far better. Early detection of oral cancer can help save your life.
How it WorksThe ViziLite® Plus exam is completely painless and only takes a few minutes. Using a specially formulated mouthwash, which makes cell abnormalities more prominent, and an illuminating, low-intensity light source, your dentist or hygienist will be able to see any irregularities in your lips, mouth, tongue, and throat that may have been missed under normal incandescent light. If a suspicious lesion is detected, your healthcare professional will mark the area with our non-toxic TBlue® dye and document it in your records. If necessary, you may be asked to return for a follow-up appointment to monitor any changes in the growth or referred to an oral surgeon for a biopsy. The earlier any abnormality is detected, the sooner you can receive treatment.
Are You at Risk for Oral Cancer?There are several risk factors for oral cancer, some preventable, some not. Keep in mind that 25% of oral cancer patients have no risk factors at all.
- Any tobacco use, such as cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco
- Excessive or heavy drinking
- Family history of oral cancer
- Infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV)