Facts about Oral Cancer

More people are being Diagnosed with Oral Cancer than ever before, but surprisingly, research shows this increase is not due to the traditional risk factors of drinking, smoking, or using chewing tobacco.  Oral Cancer is now being found in a younger population of men and women who don’t smoke or drink  heavily.  One reason for this increase in people under age 40 is due to exposure to the HPV-16 and HPV-18 Viruses known collectively as the Human Papillomavirus.  

The HPV Virus can spread by intimate contact, including kissing.  That is why the Centers for Disease Control recommends that all Patients over the age of 17 be screened annually for Oral Cancer. The Signs and symptoms of Oral Cancer are often missed by the naked eye.

Here at North Country Smiles, we are stepping up our detection of Oral Cancer with the Identafi, a revolutionary new Medical device that uses multi-spectral technology to identify biochemical and morphological changes in the cells of your mouth, throat, tongue and tonsils.  These changes are subtle, as they happen at the cellular level and therefore often go undetected by the naked eye.  These changes are made visible through the use of Identafi’s  three-wavelength technology, which illuminates possible areas of change that may signal the occurrence or early beginnings of Oral Cancer.  This test takes about 2 minutes; all we do is shine the light in your mouth!  That’s it … Call for your complimentary screening today … Office of North Country Smiles Phone Number 631-265-5549