Oral cancer screening is a thorough examination conducted by a dentist to check if you’re showing signs of cancer in your mouth. The primary objective of oral cancer screening is to identify oral cancer in its early stages when there’s a better chance for a cure. When caught early on, the cancer is treatable through chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.
Our dentist may carry out oral cancer screening during your routine dental exams or as part of your complete oral exam. You can also book a visit to get checked for oral cancer if you’re showing worrisome symptoms. Some common signs of mouth cancer include pain, persistent sores, swelling, and bad breath.
Here at Concord Woods Dental Group, we have invested in VELscope®️, a cutting-edge oral assessment system that has enhanced how we carry out our oral cancer screening procedures.
Ideally, everyone should get screened for oral cancer at least once a year. Depending on your unique health circumstances and medical history, our dentist may recommend more frequent screenings.
Individuals who are predisposed to the risk factors for oral cancer must take oral cancer screening seriously. These risk factors include excessive tobacco use, family history of cancer, significant sun exposure, exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV), and heavy alcohol use.
During oral cancer screening, our dentist examines your oral cavity to check for common signs of cancer. Unfortunately, visual inspection alone has its limitations. Namely, some things might be hidden to the naked eye. That’s where VELscope comes in.
VELscope utilizes natural tissue fluorescence to illuminate abnormalities in oral tissues. In other words, VELscope draws attention to tissues that may have cancer by highlighting these parts. This enhanced visualization means that our dentist can never “miss a spot” or overlook any problem areas.
Oral cancer screening isn’t diagnostic. As such, our dentist cannot tell you definitively if you have oral cancer after an oral cancer screening session. Instead, if you’re showing any concerning signs, our dentist will schedule you for a biopsy. A biopsy involves testing cells or tissues in a lab to check for the presence of cancer cells.
As far as your oral health, we don’t recommend leaving anything to chance. Contact Concord Woods Dental Group to schedule your oral cancer screening today.