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Oral Cancer Screening in Madison WI

Oral cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. Our specialists are fully trained to detect oral cancer even in the early stages. We will also arrange regular preventative dental care visits as it is crucial to maximize your treatment potential. Schedule your screening with TCD at our Madison clinic today!

Oral cancer screeningEarly Mouth, Gum, & Throat Cancer Detection Service

Oral cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. 30,000 patients are diagnosed annually with oral cancer. TCD has premium Madison dental health care services, including complete oral cancer screenings for early oral cancer detection. This early detection, combined with  regular preventative dental care visits, is crucial to maximize your treatment potential. Arrange a screening at our Madison dental clinic today.

Madison WI Dental Cancer Screening Services: Your Best Bet in Stopping Oral Cancer

One person dies from oral cancer every hour. The 5-year survival rate is only 50%, accounting for 8,000 deaths each year. This high mortality rate is due to late stage diagnosis when treatment is no longer very effective. When treatment is begun immediately, oral cancer has a survival rate close to 90%.

Planning an oral cancer screening at Total Care Dental’s Madison office can catch early-stage oral cancer and save your life. Putting off an oral cancer screening is gambling with your life. Don’t take your chances with oral cancer, make sure to schedule an early detection screenings the next time you are at our Madison dentist’s office.

Oral Cancer Screening Costs - Future Savings from Present Prevention

Screenings from Total Care Dental are highly affordable. We accept major dental insurers and provide many financing plans so all our patients can get oral cancer screenings. Catching and treating oral cancer in its early stages is more affordable for patients than attempting treatment after a late stage diagnosis.

Madison's Best Early Oral Cancer Detection with ViziLite Plus

Dentist Screening for Oral CancerOral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved in the past 50 years. This is due primarily to the fact that during this time, no one had changed the way we screen for this disease (a visual and manual examination of the oral cavity, head and neck).

In order to catch cancer at its earliest stage, Total Care Dental Madison offers a new method of detection called ViziLite Plus. A fluorescent light is used to detect a cancerous or precancerous lesion before it can be seen with the naked eye. This painless procedure only takes a few minutes and allows our dental health professionals to identify and evaluate abnormal tissue.

Studies show ViziLite results in no false negatives and significantly fewer false positives than standard visual examinations. This means the light correctly identifies all cancerous and precancerous cells and limits unnecessary biopsies. Don’t risk it, keep your smile healthy with Total Care Dental.

NOTE: Keep in mind a positive reading for abnormal cells does not automatically mean you have oral cancer. Oral tissue damage caused by biting your cheek or food irritations can be identified by the ViziLite examination. Your dentist will review the results of the test to determine whether the lesion is dangerous or benign.


Know What Oral Cancer Looks Like

  • Sores or ulcers lasting for weeks
  • Red or white patches on the tongue, cheeks, gums, or anywhere in the mouth
  • Lumps or bumps on the throat, tongue, gums, lip, or in the neck
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Feeling like something is stuck in the throat
  • Unexplained numbness, pain, or bleeding in the mouth
  • Long-lasting sore throat
  • Ear pain
  • Dentures start to fit loosely
  • Voice changes

The earliest stages of oral cancer are often painless, but a burning sensation can develop as the cancer grows. If you have any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, or are having trouble moving your tongue or swallowing, contact Madison’s Total Care Dental for an oral cancer screening immediately. Our dentist’s cancer screening services are the best way to find and cure oral cancers.


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Who is at Risk for Oral Cancer?

Everyone should have an oral cancer screening at least once a year during a regular dental exam to stay ahead and ensure early detection. Some people are especially susceptible to oral cancer. These groups of people are statistically more at risk to develop oral cancer:

  • Men (nearly twice as likely to get oral cancer than women)
  • Anyone 18 or older, but especially people over 55
  • People with HPV (human papillomavirus)
  • Family history of cancer
  • Smokers
  • Smokeless tobacco users
  • Heavy drinkers
  • Excessive sun exposure

Whether or not you fall into one of these categories, be aware of your oral health and keep an eye out for symptoms of oral cancer. Being at-risk does not mean you are doomed, and not falling into these categories does not mean you are completely safe.

Even if you practice excellent oral hygiene, you can’t always prevent oral cancer. Nearly 25% of all newly diagnosed cases have been in patients under the age of forty with none of the known risk factors. Take advantage of our Madison dentists’ preventative dental care services to keep your mouth healthy and catch oral cancer before it’s too late.

Oral Cancer Treatment: There Are Options

Laughing Man with Healthy MouthAll those statistics about diagnoses and mortality rates can be frightening, but there is hope. When oral cancer is caught early enough, treatment has a 90% success rate! There are a number of treatment options, often used in combination:

  • Surgery to remove cancerous tissue
  • Radiation therapy to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors
  • Chemotherapy to kill cancer cells using anti-cancer drugs

Depending on the stage of development when the cancer is diagnosed, the patient may require only one type of treatment or all three. Some patients also make use of supportive care to control pain, symptoms, side effects of treatment and emotional effects.

Contact our Madison dental clinic to schedule an oral cancer detection screening.

No Insurance? We've Got You Covered.

Total Care Dental offers multi-level payment options for a variety of dental care services at our Madison, WI location. Enjoy routine checkups, cleanings, x-rays, periodontal preventative care and more without the hassle of dealing with insurance companies that don't value your time or health needs.

Benefits include:

  • Low-cost monthly payments
  • 10% off additional treatments
  • Immediate Benefits
  • Un-enroll any time
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Meet the TCD Madison Dentists

Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable professionals create a warm, inviting atmosphere, ensuring patients of all ages feel welcome. At TCD, we treat every patient like a member of our family.

Dr. Brett Clark

Dr. Brett Clark

Dentist & Owner

Little League Coach, Barefoot Water Skier, Exercise Junkie, Super-Dad!

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Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dentist & Owner

Eagle Scout, Badger Fan, Dog Lover, Lifeguard, Hater of Shredded Coconut!

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow

Dr. Tammy Kalsow


Positive, loving, nurturing spirit. 

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Dental Hygienist

Positive Spirit, Team Leader, Hockey Mom; "A family that flosses together stays together!"

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow
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Providing Free Dentistry to Patients in Need

The Share a Smile program allows the staff of TCD to give back to our local community. One day a  month, we provide free dentistry services to our neighbors in need. We work in partnership with the Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) and are looking to join with more churches, low-income housing facilities, and food pantries to expand our reach.

Check out our website to learn more about the Share a Smile program.  Even if you do not meet the eligibility requirements for free dentistry, our dental financing plans make preventative, cosmetic, and restorative services easily affordable for our Madison patients.


Contact our Madison Dental Clinic for complete oral health care at 608-274-1911 or Request a Dental Appointment online!