How Westlake Family Dentistry Helps Detect Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is quickly becoming one of the most prevalent forms of cancer today. But surprisingly, it’s rarely talked about. The biggest problem with oral cancer is that many patients aren’t diagnosed with oral cancer until late in the game. We want to help stop that from happening with the help of OralID™.
Some major risk factors for oral cancer are:
- age 40 years or older
- alcohol use
- smokeless tobacco
- previous oral cancer history
Don’t misunderstand. If you don’t have any of the risk factors above, you’re still at risk. This is why Dr. Sievert recommends checking for oral cancer with every patient. We’ve found that forty percent of oral cancers are actually found in people who don’t identify with any of these risk factors.
How Westlake Family Dentistry Helps: OralID Allows Us To Detect Cancer Early
Because your health is our highest concern and oral cancer is extremely dangerous, we’ve invested in an amazing new technology called Oral ID. Oral ID can detect cancer in your mouth before Dr. Sievert can see it with his own eyes. OralID uses a sophisticated fluorescence technology that highlights areas where there have been morphological changes in your cells. The OralID process is simple:
- Dr. Sievert will feel around the outside and inside of your mouth for lesions or growths.
- Using the blue OralID light, he will shine the light around your mouth searching for dark spots or clumps.
- he would then discuss anything concerning.
If you are concerned about oral cancer and the health of your mouth, please contact us by calling (503) 636-4576 or send us an email.