Complete each time the examination is performed and place in the patient's file.
Our practice continually looks for advances to ensure that we are providing the optimum level of oral health care to our patients. We
are concerned about oral cancer and look for it in every patient.
One American dies every hour from oral cancer. Late detection of oral cancer is the primary cause that both the incidence and mortality raies of oral cancer continue to increase. As with most cancers, age is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. Tobacco and alcohol use are other major predisposing risk factors but more than 25% of oral cancer victims have no such lifestyle risk factors. Studies also suggest that human papillomavirus (HPV) plays a roll in more than 20% of oral cancer causes. Oral cancer risks by patient
profile are as follows:
Increased risk: patients ages 18-39, sexually active patients (HPV)
High risk: patients age 40 and older; tobacco users (ages 18-39, any type with 10 years)
Highest risk: patients age 40 and older with lifestyle risk factors (tobacco and/or alcohol use); previous history of oral cancer.
We have recently incorporated Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection into our oral screening standard of care. We find that using Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection along with a standard oral cancer examination improves that ability to identify suspicious areas at their earliest stages. Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection, along with the doctor's visual exam, is similar to other proven early cancer detection procedures, such as mammogram, Pap smear, and PSA test. Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection is a simple and painless examination that gives the best chance to find any abnormalities at the earliest possible stage. Early detection of pre-cancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potentiallyt disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly save your life. The Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection exam will be offered to you annually.
Not Included with Insureance or any Specials
This enhanced examination is recognized ny the American Dental Association code revision committee as CDT-2007/08 procedure code D0431; however, this exam might not be covered by your insurance. The fee for this enhanced examination is No. 25