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The Healthy Smile Staying ahead of Oral Cancer For more than 20 years, the people of Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties have relied on Dr. O’Neal for excellence in dentistry, as well as in caring and complete oral care. NuSmile team with Dr. David Beltran and Dr. Nadia O’Neal

Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers in our world today, with roughly 35,000 new cases reported annually in the United States. With this in mind and in our continuing efforts to provide the most advanced technology and highest standard of care available to our patients, NuSmile is proud to announce the inclusion of the ViziLite Plus exams as an integral part of our annual comprehensive oral screening program. In the United States alone, one person dies every hour from oral cancer – and the mortality has remained unchanged for more than 40 years. Late detection of oral cancer is the primary cause, that both the incidence and mortality rates of Oral cancer con-

tinue to increase. As with most other cancers, age is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. Though tobacco use is a major predisposing risk factor, 27% of oral cancer victims have no lifestyle risk factors. According to the American Cancer Society, more women in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year (12,000 cases) than will be diagnosed with cervical cancer (<10,000 cases), and there are as many cases of oral cancer caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV16/18), a sexually transmitted disease, as there are HPVrelated cases of cervical cancer. Clinical studies have determined that using ViziLite Plus after the standard oral cancer examination improves the dental professional’s ability to identify and evaluate suspicious areas at their earliest stages. Early detection of pre-cancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly save your life. Proven screening technologies such as mammogram, Pap smear, PSA, and colonoscopy offer the same type of early detection of cancer. ViziLite Plus is an easy and painless examination that gives this

practice the best chance to find any oral abnormalities you may have at the earliest possible stage.

Oral cancer risk by patient profile is listed below: Increased Risk: Patients age 18 – 39, and sexually active patients (HPV 16/18) High Risk: Patients age 40 and older; tobacco users younger than age 40. Highest Risk: Patients age 40 and older and lifestyle risk factors (tobacco use); patients with a history of oral cancer. At NuSmile we can do an oral cancer screening in just a few minutes with the ViziLite Plus exam to screen patients for oral cancer, pre-cancer and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage thus saving lives. Most oral cancer is very treatable when detected early. With the ViziLite Plus exam our Doctors can detect even the most subtle signs of oral cancer offering us a greater chance at saving lives. While all other cancers are declining, oral cancer diagnosis over the past six

years have increased. These screenings ensure that our patients will have the best chance at early detection of oral cancer. NuSmile is a private practice dedicated to provide the highest quality dental care for its patients. We use cutting edge technology, techniques, and materials to ensure our patients get the best care available to date. Moreover, we are devoted to provide you with the warm, gentle, and personal care that you deserve. We educate our patients on the importance of good home care and encourage building a relationship with our staff to achieve the best results. This makes our patients happy and our staff proud. If you would like to learn more about these screenings or if you have questions concerning other dental needs, give us a call at 888-459-7432. We are very happy to offer General Dentist FREE 2nd opinions, as well as FREE consultations. NuSmile Dental is open 7 days a week for Emergencies! We look forward to serving you.

Dr. Nadia O’Neal, D.D.S., P.A.

2 • January 2014

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