VELscope screening is to your advantage.
Your oral health is very important, and this is why we use technology that dramatically improves our ability to screen for oral abnormalities that could lead to cancer. Because early detection is essential to increase chances for successful treatment, we always check your entire mouth. We use the VELscope®, a state-of-the-art, painless, non-invasive screening tool that helps us to see what we can’t see with the unaided eye during your routine oral cancer checkup.
What can you expect during a VELscope examination? After conducting a thorough oral cancer examination, we’ll use a handheld device that will shine a blue light into your mouth. We’ll then examine the tissues through a special eyepiece. This technology takes advantage of your mouth’s natural fluorescence which is normally invisible. Using the blue light, however, we can look for specific changes in the color or structure of your oral tissues that might be indicative of abnormal cells. It takes about five potentially life-saving minutes.
We want our patients to have a bright and smiling future. Recently, studies show more than 25% of oral cancer victims have been under age forty and did not fall into any category of the known risk-factors like tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, or being HIV positive. And especially because in its earliest, most treatable stages, oral cancer usually causes no pain or discomfort, we’ll perform the VELscope examination for all of our adult patients once every year.