Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.
We screen you for suspicious lesions at every visit. This is done visually and by feel. A new device called the Velscope uses a special light that causes your normal tissues to glow a bright green. Any abnormal tissues will not glow, which allows us to catch possible cancerous and pre-cancerous lesion before they're visible to the naked eye. Early detection greatly increases the survivablilty of oral cancers and lessens the over impact of the treatment itself.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.