How Hummelgard & Dolenz Family Dentistry Helps Detect Oral Cancer
OralID™ Helps Us Detect Oral Cancer Early
Despite the fact that oral cancer is becoming one of the most prevalent forms of cancer, we don’t often hear about it. The lack of public awareness about it is a problem, because it makes it more likely for cases to go unnoticed until they’re more advanced. We’re helping to solve that problem 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. Hummelgard and Dr. Dolenz recommends checking for oral cancer with every patient. We’ve found that 40% of oral cancers are found in people who don’t identify with any of these risk factors.
How Hummelgard & Dolenz 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. Hummelgard and Dr. Dolenz can see it with their 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. Hummelgard and Dr. Dolenz will feel around the outside and inside of your mouth for lesions or growths.
- Using the blue OralID light, they will shine the light around your mouth searching for dark spots or clumps.
- The doctor would then discuss anything concerning.
If you are concerned about oral cancer and the health of your mouth, please contact us by calling (913)367-7270 or send us an email.