Dentists in Madison WI Offer Complimentary Oral Cancer Screenings During the Month of April to Acknowledge Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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Madison WI dentists Laura Tills, DDS and Mathew Kutz, DDS of Riverplace Dental will be offering free oral cancer screenings to patients during the month of April to acknowledge Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Early detection of oral cancer can be a life saver and complimentary screening will be provided to the first 50 patient requests starting April 1.

Madison family dentist Laura Tills, DDS

“We're using the free screening during the Oral Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the increasing incidents of oral cancer.”

Madison WI dentists Laura Tills, DDS and Matthew Kutz, DDS at Riverplace Dental are providing free oral cancer screenings with the ViziLite Oral Cancer System during the month of April. April is the 14th annual Oral Cancer Awareness Month sponsored by the Oral Cancer Foundation. The screening is painless and will be made available at no charge to Riverplace Dental patients. Fifty complimentary screenings are being made available during the month.

According to the American Cancer Society, oral cancer affects more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year. Early detection of oral cancer is important because the survival rate for oral cancer is discouraging and early detection can significantly minimize the number of treatments necessary. Dentists have an important role in detecting and referring patients for oral cancer because other health professionals do not check this area. “We're using the free screenings during the Oral Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the increasing incidents of oral cancer,” said Dr. Tills, dentist in Madison WI.

The charge for the screening is usually $75.00 but it's complimentary for the first 50 patients to request the screening during the month of April. Madison dentist Laura Tills, “It's a painless, easy, non-invasive procedure. The rinse is administered by a hygienist and the exam is completed by me or Dr. Kutz.”

The exam takes just a few minutes. The patient swishes for one minute with a mouth rinse that tastes a bit like raspberry vinaigrette. After a minute they spit it out. The solution acts as a tissue drying agent causing any potential tissue abnormalities to become more visible. The ViziLite is a chemiluminescent light wand used to shine light on the soft tissue of the mouth, tongue and palate. The light wand makes it possible for dentists to more easily view areas of possible abnormal tissue. Dr. Tills said, "The actual ViziLite is like a glow stick. We shine the light on the soft tissue of the mouth, including the tongue, palette, and gingival tissue in the dark. Anything that is malignant or pre-malignant appears different than normal healthy tissue."

Patients over the age of 30 or that smoke, use smokeless tobacco, drink alcohol or have a history of the herpes virus are encouraged to participate in the screening. Oral cancer is increasingly becoming an issue with younger patients because to the same herpes virus that can cause HPV has also been linked to oral cancer.

Not all abnormalities detected with the ViziLite are cancerous but the light will cause any malignant or premalignant concerns appear different than normal, healthy tissue. If necessary, a patient can then be referred for further screenings by other medical professionals.

About Us: Laura Tills, DDS and Matthew Kutz, DDS are dentists in Madison Wisconsin providing comprehensive dental care through their acclaimed dental practice at Riverplace Dental. With a strong emphasis on overall concern for patient comfort, as well as the ever-present goal of providing the best dental care possible given the individual constraints of each patient, Riverplace Dental has a reputation for honesty and integrity. Dr. Tills and Dr. Kutz are also active in the dental community of Madison and the surrounding areas through their involvement in the Madison Dental Initiative (MDI), providing free dental care to the homeless in Dane County. To learn more about Tills and Kutz, visit their website (Riverplace Dental, 604 River Place, Monona, WI 53716) at and call (608) 222-9142.

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