Oral ID FAQ’s

What is Oral ID?

Oral ID (identification) is a well researched and leading edge product that is used to recognize oral lesions that may not be clear to the naked eye.  These lesions may be cancer, pre-cancer or other abnormal lesions, and the early recognition and diagnosis from Oral ID could potentially saving lives.  Oral ID uses a blue fluorescence lighting technology to discover abnormal cells and is used as an adjunctive screening device in combination with clinical oral cancer screenings.


Should Oral ID be something I receive at Avenue Dental?

Oral ID is a leading edge product that is offered at each of our Avenue Dental practices in Caloundra, Kawana and Maroochydore to allow our hygienists and dentists to be the leaders in detecting oral lesions early and potentially saving lives.  We recommend all of our patients receive this service as it can detect abnormal cells that may not be seen to the naked eye. We like to think of our patients as family, therefore we treat our patients like family, providing the best possible care available. This service is available at all preventative care appointments with our hygiene department.


How does Oral ID work?

Oral ID is painless and takes minimal time to use. Oral ID uses fluorescence technology to assist in screening soft tissue, allowing us to identify potential cancerous lesions. This technology does not require messy dyes and does not leave any residues or tastes in the mouth. The clinician wears protective eyewear with a yellow coating on the lens to enhance the visual effects during examination. The light is then flashed into the oral cavity and shows up areas of abnormality with a significantly different colour than that of healthy tissue.


Our clinicians check all areas of the oral cavity to ensure no areas are missed. Any areas of abnormality will be discussed with you and preventative measures will be taken. We are excited to offer this cutting edge service at Avenue Dental with current research showing that Oral ID can increase the chances of detecting cancer at an earlier stage – greatly improving the five-year survival rate of the disease.  Oral ID does not definitively diagnose cancer, however it does give us great insight into seeing abnormal cells.


Does Oral ID hurt?

Oral ID does not hurt; all it requires is an open mouth!  Your dentist or hygienist will carefully examine your oral tissues under the Oral ID light as well as using conventional methods such as visualization and palpation of your oral tissues.