Every routine exam at Estero Bay Dental includes a visual evaluation for signs oral cancer. If warranted, your Estero dentist has ViziLite, an advanced oral screening tool available. ViziLite is used to identify abnormal cells along the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat. The test takes approximately 2 minutes to administer, during which time a dentist will administer a special rinse to the mouth that causes the nuclei of abnormal pre-cancerous or cancerous cells appear to glow when subjected to the ViziLite technology. The light is especially useful for detecting oral cancer in its earliest stages before it has had an opportunity to spread to other tissues. The entire process is quick, painless, and has the potential to help save lives.
If you want ViziLite screening at your next routine exam, please let your dentist know.
Your screening will begin when your dentist asks you to rinse the inside of your mouth and back of your throat with a special solution. Your dentist will then shine the ViziLite fluorescent light on the surface areas of your inner mouth to search for spots that appear brighter than surrounding healthy tissues.