Oral Cancer Screening

Every hour someone in the United States is diagnosed with oral cancer. While it used to be most commonly found in the mouths of high-risk patients — like smokers, chewing tobacco users, and heavy drinkers — we are now seeing a shift in the incidence and prevalence of this frightening disease.

Younger patients, especially women between the ages of 30 and 50 with no history of tobacco use, are more frequently being diagnosed. Current research links these increased findings to the HPV virus.

Advanced stages of oral cancer are life-threatening, with five-year survival rates of less than 50%. However, if it’s detected early, oral cancer has a 90% survival rate.

Identafi uses three distinct color wavelengths of light to aid in visualizing abnormalities in tissue that may be associated with oral cancer in the throat, tongue, tonsils, and oral mucosa.

Through the process of multi-spectral fluorescence, in addition to reflectance technology, Identafi can dramatically improve your ability to recognize oral cancer. With its compact light, and detachable, angled disposable mirror, all three light wavelengths can be used easily in the oral cavity.

Early detection saves lives!

Dr. Francisco | South Tampa
Every hour someone in the United States is diagnosed with oral cancer.

Oral Health

Flossing your teeth is more important to your well-being than even brushing. So why do so many of us find reasons not to do it?

We’ve got excuses, but dentists have simple answers for them all.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day (morning and before bed time) and floss at least once a day. Better still, brush after every meal and snack. These activities remove plaque, which if not removed, combines with sugars to form acids that lead to tooth decay. Bacterial plaque also causes gum disease and other periodontal diseases.

The standard recommendation is to visit your dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. Talk with your dentist about the frequency that is best for you.

Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for more information if you don’t understand a treatment or procedure. You should be able to have a free and frank discussion with your dentist. Here are questions you may want to ask:

  • What are the treatment options for a particular dental condition?
  • How do these options differ in cost and durability?
  • Do all the options solve the problem? What are the benefits and drawbacks of each option?
  • Of the dental treatments being recommended, which are absolutely necessary, which are less urgent, which are elective, and which are merely cosmetic?
  • What are the consequences of delaying treatment?
  • How much will the treatment cost?
  • When is payment due?
  • What method of payment does your dentist expect?
  • Do you have a clear understanding of all fees and methods and schedules of payment?