SmileCare Family Dentistry, operator of more than 60 multispecialty dental centers in California and Nevada, now offers oral cancer exams using the ViziLite® Plus with TBlue630 illumination and marking technology.

In less than 5 minutes, a SmileCare practitioner conducts a thorough oral cavity exam. The practitioner then uses the ViziLite Plus “glow stick” or “light wand” technology to detect premalignant abnormalities and oral cancer. 

“Patients don’t often think of their dentist as being a potential life-saver, but the reality is they are,” said Ivan Berger, DDS, MAGD, SmileCare’s chief dental director. “Oral cancer can affect anyone, especially those over 40 who use tobacco or drink heavily. But more than a quarter of all cases occur in people with no known risk behaviors.”

Oral cancer among women is a particular concern. The American Cancer Society projects about the same number of new cases of oral cancer among women as they project for cervical cancer.

“Women have become accustomed to annual Pap smears. They need to recognize the importance of annual oral cancer exams as well,” said Berger.

For more information, visit www.smilecare.com.

[SmileCare, April 9, 2007]