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Oral Cancer Screenings

One person dies every hour from oral cancer in the United States – and the mortality has remained unchanged for more than 40 years. Early detection is the single most important factor in sucessfully treating oral cancer.

In Mooney Dental’s continuing efforts to provide the most advanced technology and highest quality care available to our NC dental patients, this practice is proud to announce the inclusion of the ViziLite exam as an integral part of our annual comprehensive oral cancer screening program.

Our ViziLite Plus System for Cancer Screening

Clinical studies have determined that using ViziLite after the standard oral cancer examination improves the clinician’s ability to identify, evaluate and monitor suspicious areas at their earliest stages. Early detection of pre-cancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly save your life. Proven screening technologies such as a mammogram, Pap smear, PSA and colonoscopy offer the same types of early detection of cancer.

ViziLite is an easy and painless examination that gives this practice the best chance to find any oral abnormalities you may have at the earliest possible stage. When Dr. Mooney shines the ViziLite light on your mouth, the healthy tissue will absorb that light and look dark. Any abnormal tissue will not absorb it and will look white.

This technology is the only FDA-approved device for the identification and monitoring of oral abnormalities that could lead to cancer. We use it regularly as a part of our preventive dental care services.

Who Should Get ViziLite Screening?

Alarmingly, more than 25% of oral cancer victims have no lifestyle risk factors. Oral Cancer risk by patient profile is listed below:

  • Highest Risk: Patients age 40 or older and lifestyle risk factors (tobacco use); patients with a history of oral cancer.
  • High Risk: Patients age 40 and older; tobacco users of any age.
  • Increased Risk: Patients age 18 – 39

Dental Insurance may or may not cover this advanced oral cancer screening as an addition to the standard visual examination. This practice prescribes the ViziLite exam for all patients at increased risk, high risk, and highest risk for oral cancer (adult patients age 18 and older and tobacco users of any age).

Imagine a peaceful dental visit that is completely stress-free! Contact San Antonio family dentist Dr. Ryan Mooney today for your personal appointment to learn more.


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