Oral Cancer Screening in Miami, Florida
There is an 80-90 percent survival rate when oral cancer is detected early, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. Unfortunately, many individuals are unaware of how prevalent and serious this disease is. When diagnosed in later stages, oral cancer is estimated to have a 43 percent mortality rate. Screening for oral cancer is the best way to ensure early detection.
At Assure A Smile, we are pleased to offer advanced oral cancer screenings with all-new OralID™ technology. This procedure is quick, painless, and effective in identifying the most common incidences of oral cancer.
Get Proactive in the Fight Against Oral Cancer
What is OralID™?
OralID™ is a technology used to identify oral abnormalities at an earlier stage compared to other oral cancer screening methods. OralID™ accomplishes this through the use of leading edge fluorescence technology to screen for oral cancer, without the need for rinses, dyes, or use of invasive instruments.
The Power of Fluorescence Technology
The key to the effectiveness of the OralID™ is the use of fluorescence technology. Using a safe spectrum of fluorescent light that measures between 435–460 nanometers (nm), OralID™ illuminates lesions within the oral cavity that are abnormal, pre-cancerous, or cancerous.
How it works. OralID™ emits a light that is blue in color. When light from the OralID™ shines on the oral tissues, it will appear blue when tissues are healthy and green when tissues are abnormal. Dr. Herrmann is trained to use OralID™ and is experienced in identifying abnormal tissue that might be pre-cancerous or cancerous.
A routine exam with OralID™ usually confirms healthy and normal oral tissues. However, when abnormal tissues are identified, Dr. Herrmann gives guidance and support so patients may take immediate action to seek effective oral cancer treatment, as needed.
Should You Get an Oral Cancer Screening?
Early diagnosis makes it easier and more effective to treat oral cancer, making it important that everyone get screened regularly. To learn more about your risk for oral cancer, review the risk factors and symptoms below.
Are you at risk for oral cancer? According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, at-risk individuals include:
- Those who have a family history or oral cancer
- Men and women over the age of 40
- Individuals who drink alcohol
- Individuals who smoke cigarettes
- Individuals who use smokeless tobacco
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Schedule an appointment with Assure A Smile immediately upon noticing any of the following symptoms of oral abnormalities and cancer:
- Sores on the lips or mouth that do not heal.
- Lumps on the lips, gums, or inside the mouth.
- Patches on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth that appear white or red in color.
- Bleeding, pain, or sensations of numbness in the lip or mouth.
- Changes in the sound of your voice.
- Loosening of the teeth or dentures.
- Difficulty moving the tongue and jaw, especially while trying to eat.
- Swollen jaw.
- Feelings of a sore throat/ object stuck in throat.
Schedule an Oral Cancer Screening at Assure A Smile
To learn more about oral cancer screenings at Assure A Smile, contact us online or call our friendly front desk at 305-274-0047.