About the OralCDx® BrushTest®
The BrushTest is a quick and painless method that dentists use to test the common small white and red oral spots that most people have in their mouth at one time or another. The BrushTest is used to determine if a common oral spot contains abnormal cells (known as dysplasia) that, if left alone for several years, may develop into oral cancer.
The use of OralCDx BrushTest by over 30,000 U.S. dentists has resulted in the detection of over 10,000 precancerous spots -years beforethey could cause any harm years before they could turn into a problem.
How your Dentist can Help Stop Oral Cancer Years Before it can Even Start
Your dentist can now painlessly prevent a disease that kills as many Americans as melanoma and twice as many as cervical cancer, and is rising among women, young people, and non-smokers. Over 25% of oral cancer victims do not use tobacco or abuse alcohol.
It typically takes several years before a dysplastic oral spot can turn into an oral cancer, and during this time, the spot can be removed and oral cancer can potentially be prevented from even starting. Just like the Pap smear is used to detect precancerous cells to help prevent cervical cancer, and colonoscopy is used to detect precancerous polyps to help prevent colon cancer, the BrushTest is used to detect precancerous cells in common oral spots to help prevent oral cancer. The good news is that oral cancer has now joined the short list of cancers that can be stopped years before they can even start.
What is the BrushTest?
The BrushTest consists of 2 components:
- A specially designed brush that a dentist uses to painlessly obtain a sample of an oral spot. The BrushTest requires no anesthesia, causes no pain and minimal or no bleeding.
- The analysis of that sample at a specialized laboratory where specially-trained pathologists use highly sophisticated computers to help detect abnormal cells. A complete report is faxed to your dentist.
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When Does a Dentist use a BrushTest?
The BrushTest is used to test the common, harmless-appearing, small white and red spots that dentists and dental hygienists see several times each week, to determine if they contain precancerous cells. Most people will have a small oral spot like this at one time or another and they can be seen in up to 10% of carefully examined adults.
Is the BrushTest Accurate?
The BrushTest is very accurate as confirmed in many published clinical studies. It has been used by over 30,000 U.S. dentists, and more than 10,000 precancerous spots have been detected with the BrushTest – long before they could cause any harm – long before they could turn into cancer.
Why a Common Oral Spot can be a Blessing in Disguise
Most people will have tiny white or red spots in their mouth at one time or another. Although most of these spots are harmless, only laboratory testing like the BrushTest can determine which of them contain abnormal cells. About 96% of small, harmless-appearing oral spots that are evaluated by the BrushTest will not contain any abnormal cells. If precancerous cells are found in an oral spot, it typically takes several years before they can cause any harm. During this time, the spot can usually be easily and completely removed.
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