Oral Cancer Screenings using the OralID

Dr. Harris  & his team perform a thorough oral cancer screening every year using a tool called OralID. This is a fluorescent light that can help to detect early changes in the tissue that can be of concern in oral cancer. Oral cancer is on the rise so our office takes this very seriously.

It is easy to use and non-threatening to patients. Dentists and hygienists can use OralID to increase the efficacy of oral exams without incurring additional per-patient costs. One needs only to wipe it down between uses with a disinfecting wipe. OralID is battery operated, which means it can be used in multiple operatories.

OralID is a battery-operated, hand-held oral examination light used as an adjunctive device for oral mucosal screening. The device emits a visible blue light (435–460 nm) that one shines directly into the oral cavity.
OralID is shipped with the necessary eyewear to use the device. Wearing the special OralID eyewear enchances the visual effects of the blue light during the oral exam. When the blue light from OralID shines on healthy oral tissue, it fluoresces green. However, when it shines on abnormal tissue, it appears dark due to a lack of fluorescence.

OralID comes with two pairs of eyewear: one fitted pair and one that fits over eyeglasses. The clinician and the assistant may each wear a pair during the examination. However, if desired, the patient may wear a pair of the eyeglasses, but it is not necessary to do so for safety purposes.