Oral Cancer: Silent and Deadly
As part of one of your cleaning and exam, your dentist or hygienist will examine your mouth carefully using the VELscope™. VELscope™ is a sophisticated technology that helps us find diseased tissue deep below the surface, long before it’s visible. If we catch it early, there’s an 80 percent chance of curing it.
VELscope™ uses a harmless blue light that is absorbed by the molecules in your mouth. The exam is safe, painless, and only takes a few minutes.
Normal, healthy tissue emits a pale, apple green glow. Diseased tissue will appear dark green or black.
If we find a suspicious area, we’ll talk to you about the next steps.
VELscope™ does not diagnose cancer, but it alerts us to areas of concern earlier than ever before. A VELscope™ exam showing normal, healthy tissue can give you instant peace of mind.
VELscope™ is one more way we continue to give you the best care possible.