Improved Oral Cancer Screening at Smiles On Randall

Oral Cancer Screening at Smiles on Randall -  Carpentersville dentistThe dentists and staff at Smiles on Randall are pleased to announce that they now have a new and improved oral cancer screening dental technology called OralID. This new technology uses florescence to identify cancerous lesions in the mouth.

How does this oral cancer screening device work?

OralID uses a proven fluorescence technology.  OralID uses a blue light that allows a dentist to identify oral cancer, pre-cancerous and other abnormalities during dental examinations.    When the blue light from the OralID illuminates healthy tissues, the color of the tissue will appear green. If the light shines on abnormal tissue, the tissues will appear dark.  

Call our Carpentersville dental office, Smiles on Randall, to schedule your oral cancer screening.  Call 847-426-9430 or email our office to make an appointment.

What causes dry mouth (xerostomia)?

Dry mouth

Our  dentists see a variety of  patients who complain of dry mouth (xerostomia).

What causes dry mouth?

Medications:  Many common medications decrease saliva.  These medications include:   cold remedies,  antihistamines. anti-depressants, some beta-blockers, anti-hypertensives and diuretics.

Disease:  Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, arthritis, HIV, anemia or stroke.

Chemotherapy:  Patients who are treated for head and neck cancer report a decrease in saliva.   Their saliva glands may be affected by the chemotherapy.

Lifestyle Habits:  Smoking and using chewing tobacco affect saliva production.

If you would like to learn more,  by the American Dental Association on dry mouth.