Oral Cancer Screening
Preventive care is vital for your oral health. At Smile Design Studios, we offer comprehensive dental exams to identify any type of oral health issues, including oral cancer. We offer oral cancer screenings during annual exams. Our team wants to help our patients identify this invasive and deadly disease at the earliest stage possible to protect their health.
One person dies every hour from oral cancer. Late detection of oral cancer is the primary reason that both the incidence and mortality rates of oral cancer continue to increase. As with most cancers, age is the primary risk factor. However, during the last few decades, more young people than ever before have been diagnosed with oral cancer. Tobacco and alcohol use are major predisposing risk factors, but more than 27% of oral cancer victims have no such lifestyle risk factors.
Advanced Technology for Oral Cancer Screening
We have incorporated VELscope into our screening standard of care. We find that using VELscope, along with the standard oral cancer screening examination, improves the ability to identify suspicious areas at their earliest stages. Early detection of pre-cancerous and cancerous tissues can minimize or even eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly save your life. Some of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer include:
- White or red spots on oral tissues
- Sores that will not heal
- Lumps on gums or throat
- Irregular skin formations inside the mouth
VELscope is a simple and painless two-minute exam that does not require a rinse. The VELscope’s blue light stimulates natural fluorescence in the soft tissues of your mouth. Natural fluorescence, viewed through the VELscope, allows dental professionals to see disease that is not visible with the naked eye. This helps to discover oral disease before it can be seen under ordinary light.
The VELscope exam will be offered to you annually and may be done more frequently at a patient’s request. Contact our office in Missouri City today to schedule your next checkup and cleaning, or you can schedule an oral cancer screening at any time.