Vizilite Plus Oral Cancer Screening

In addition to cavity and gum disease detection, our office offers an annual oral cancer screening. We use a product known as Vizilite Plus with T-Blue 630™. Oral Cancer is one of the most curable diseases when found early. Since early detection is key, we perform an annual Vizilite screening in combination with a conventional visual examination. Vizilite Plus makes this process simple and improves the examiner’s ability to identify, evaluate, and monitor abnormal areas that are difficult to see under conventional lighting.

The American Dental Association has given this screening a CDT (Current Dental Terminology) code so that we can file it with your insurance. Currently, only a handful of insurance providers cover this, but more patients are seeing the benefit of the exam and are adding it to their plans. Our office will verify coverage for this procedure for all new patients when verifying eligibility. The technology used with Vizilite Plus is comparable to that used for breast, cervical, and prostate cancer detection. It has been proven successful in identifying pre-cancerous and cancerous abnormalities. The Vizilite Plus screening allows oral lesions to be detected in the earliest stages of development, which makes treatment simpler, less invasive, and more than 90% successful.

Are you at risk for Oral Cancer? Virtually everyone is!

Increased Risk

  • Patients age 18-39 without lifestyle risk factors*
  • Sexually active ( HPV 16/18)

High Risk

  • Patients age 40 and older without lifestyle risk factors
  • Tobacco users (any age, any type)

Highest Risk

  • Patients age 40 and older with lifestyle risk factors (tobacco use/alcohol consumption)
  • Patients with history of oral cancer

One American dies every hour from oral cancer, and if you think you are not at risk, think again: 25% of oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and have no other lifestyle risk factors. **

There is also a link to the human papilloma virus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted infection prevalent in young adults. Few people even know they have it. HPV has long been known to cause cervical cancer and now studies suggest it plays a role in more than 20% of oral cancer cases. †

* ACS Cancer Facts & Figures 2006
** 2006 SEER data
† Herrero R, et al., for the IARC Multicenter Oral Cancer Study Group. Human Papillomavirus and oral cancer: the International Agency for Research on Cancer muliticenter study. J Natl Cancer Inst.2003 Dec 3;95(23):1772-83.