Aesthetic Family Dentistry is one of first dental practitioners in Arizona to use this new oral cancer screening technology device.
The new medical device will help our team reduce patient incidence of oral cancer through early detection. Specifically, Identafi detects biochemical and morphological changes in the cells of the mouth, throat, tongue, and tonsils that may potentially lead to oral cancer. The small, cordless, handheld device uses a three-wavelength optical illumination and visualization system that allows dental professionals to identify oral mucosal abnormalities that may not be visible to the naked eye.
According to Dr. Roderick,
“We are very pleased to be one of the first dental practices in the area to utilize the Identafi technology to provide our patients with more comprehensive and accurate oral exams. Because the first signs and symptoms of oral cancer often cannot be seen by the naked eye, Identafi technology enables us to do just that – identify changes in the mouth that may be a sign of something more serious.”
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Oral cancer will cause over 8,000 deaths,killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. The main reason for these grim statistics is not because oral cancer is hard to diagnose, but because it is diagnosed too late – when it is in its advanced stages.
Check out the video below for more information about the Identafi process. Then call us to schedule an appointment!