No longer found in just heavy drinkers, smokers or chewing tobacco users, oral cancer is becoming much more common in younger men and women due to an increased exposure to HPV, or the human papillomavirus.
Because HPV can be spread through something as simple as kissing, experts are recommending patients be screened annually for oral cancer beginning at age 17.
Detecting the Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer
At Royal Oak Dental Group, we are proud to offer Identafi® as an effective method of detecting the early signs of oral cancer in patients from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and beyond. These include, but are not limited to:
- Leukoplakia (white lesions)
- Erythroplakia (red lesions)
- Lump or thickening in oral soft tissues
- Swelling of the jaw
Not all of these signs can be detected by the naked eye, which is why it’s important to visit your dentist at Royal Oak Dental Group for a professional oral cancer screening.
How Identafi Works
Royal Oak Dental Group is proud to offer Identafi as part of our comprehensive preventative dental care services in the Raleigh-Cary-Siler City-Durham area. Identafi is a quick, simple and painless procedure that can easily be incorporated into your routine dentist visit.
Learn more about the 3-minute process below:
Step 1: White Light
First, the entire oral cavity is examined using Identafi’s “White Light” mode. We will start with the upper portion of the mouth, then move to the lower portion. Next, your Raleigh, Cary or Siler City dentist will examine your tongue, hard palate, soft palate, and pharynx.
Step 2: Violet Light
Using the “Fluorescent Violet Light” mode, Royal Oak will identify any areas of abnormal tissue growth. Although these lesions are typically benign, they may also be an indicator of oral cancer.
Step 3: Green-Amber Light
Finally, we’ll use the “Green-Amber Reflectance Light” mode to examine the blood vessels around any of these lesions. Areas with increased diffuse vasculature are particularly prone to being precancerous or cancerous.
Visit Royal Oak Dental Group for Oral Cancer Detection in North Raleigh, Cary or Siler City
To schedule your Raleigh, Cary or Siler City, NC Identafi oral cancer screening at Royal Oak Dental Group, please contact us today. We can be reached online or by phone at 919-847-5283 (Raleigh) or (919) 468-4211 (Cary) or (919) 742-2392 (Siler City).
Royal Oak Dental Group is proud to offer Identafi oral cancer screening tests and are conveniently located in Raleigh, Cary and Siler City, NC. Our dental offices also service the surrounding communities of Apex, Morrisville, Durham, Wake Forest, Garner and Knightdale.