Oral Cancer kills someone every single hour in the United States and the incidence rate has been on the rise over the past 6 years. The earlier it’s detected the better the chances for recovery. Yes, there are some risk factors that increase your chances of developing Oral Cancer, like smoking and heavy alcohol use as well as heredity, but even if you don’t smoke or drink heavily and have never heard of a relative having Oral Cancer, there’s no substitute for screening.
Due to these trends above, Dr. Gatgens has implemented the F.A.C.T. Oral Health Protocol in his office in efforts to discover these abnormalities in the earliest of stages and potentially save lives. The F.A.C.T. Oral Health Protocol, an acronym for Fluorescence Assessment Cytology Test, is a proactive approach to find early oral lesions, including oral cancer and HPV. OralID™, utilizing fluorescence technology, has the ability to “highlight” these irregularities in much earlier stages, before it is visible to your dental professional with a standard visual “white light” exam. When a lesion is found; CytID™, a liquid-based cytology test, is utilized to diagnose the lesion and decide the proper plan of action.