Have you scheduled a checkup with your dentist lately? Dental exams at TLC Dental Care help with much more than just your smile.
Did you know that 50% of people that are diagnosed with oral cancer will die from the disease? Why? Because oral cancer often starts out as a small red lesion and the mouth is red so the lesions aren’t seen until the later stages of the disease when they become a non-healing sore.
At TLC Dental Care we have a mission: to have no one in our practice die of oral cancer. To help us achieve that goal we have invested in advanced technology to help us find it when it is a small flat lesion. Because as with most cancer, if you find it early and small your chances of surviving it are much better.
What technology are we using? Blue Light Spectrum Fluorescence. Sounds fancy, and it is, but it’s also a simple non-invasive exam that takes 3 minutes or less.
How simple is it? Well, first we feel for lumps or swelling, then we look for anything abnormal, and finally we put on a pair of glasses with special green filters and use a small device that looks like a flashlight to look again with the blue light to see if there are any dark spots. That’s it!
The ADA recommends that everyone should have this exam once a year but that is a minimal suggestion. We are very serious about our oral cancer mission so we perform an oral cancer screening at every cleaning appointment and we will use the blue light technology every time.
Best of all, as part of our community service to Knoxville, TN, we will never charge for the blue light assisted oral cancer screening. We decided we wouldn’t want any member of our practice family to die of oral cancer because they didn’t think they could afford the extra cost.
When was the last time you had an oral cancer screening. Contact TLC Dental Care in Knoxville, TN, for more information regarding regular dental exams and oral cancer screenings. It could save your life.