Each year, about 30,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral cancer — a cancer that develops in any part of the mouth. Symptoms can include a sore that doesn’t heal, a lump or a white or red patch on the inside of the mouth.
As with all cancers, early detection is key to a good prognosis. Dental Health Partners is pleased to offer an advanced screening tool that can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages, before early symptoms even develop — the VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System.
The VELscope uses Fluorescence Visualization (FV) to shine a bright blue light into the mouth to expose changes and lesions that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.
Dental Health Partners’ use of the VELscope:
- allows your dentist to see things which may be hard to visualize, such as tissue changes.
- allows for straightforward photo documentation — your dentist can easily get digital images for your records or for referral to a cancer specialist.
Simply put, the VELscope is an important tool in the fight against oral cancer. Dental Health Partners is pleased to have this among their many tools in keeping patients healthy — and smiling.