What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer is cancer of the mouth and can appear on almost any surface in your mouth, including your tongue, gums, lips, cheeks, and roof or floor of your mouth. It can also affect your salivary glands that help keep your mouth hydrated. The most common signs and symptoms of oral cancer are white or red patches in your mouth, persistent ulcers and sores that do not go away after an extended period of time, and constant pain in your mouth and throat.

At Saigh Family Dental, our entire dental team is passionate about taking care of your smile and preventing oral cancer. That is why we will perform an oral cancer screening during each routine checkup. In an effort to provide you with the best dentistry possible, we utilize OralID™ as our premier oral cancer screening system.

What is OralID?

OralID is an easy, quick, and non-invasive way to check your oral cavity for signs of oral cancer. OralID uses fluorescent technology to differentiate between healthy cells and ones that are abnormal or cancerous. To perform an oral cancer screening in Iron River, Michigan, Dr. Saigh, our caring dentist, simply wears the OralID glasses and shines the OralID handheld light into your mouth. When seen through the lenses of the OralID glasses, your oral cells will change color depending on their health. Healthy cells will turn green, while abnormal tissues will turn a dark color. In a matter of minutes, we can determine whether oral cancer is a possibility.

If you are due for a visit to the dentist, and for more information about oral cancer screening, please call us at 906-265-0050 to schedule your appointment.