If your dentist is not using the Velscope technology as part of your oral cancer screening then he or she could be missing cancerous or precancerous lesions that are not visible to the naked eye under traditional white light. Mortality rates associated with oral cancer have remained unchanged for over 30 years, partly due to the limitations of white light examination of the oral cavity.
The Velscope is a revolutionary handheld device that provides dentists and hygienists with an easy to use adjunctive oral examination system for the early detection of abnormal tissue. The Velscope hand piece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity. The doctor is then able to immediately tell the difference between normal and abnormal tissue that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Abnormal areas appear dark under the special light. In one or two minutes with no rinses or stains required a Velscope examination helps oral healthcare professionals assure their patients the standard of care for oral mucosal screenings has been utilized.
Cancer in the head and neck region is very difficult to treat and does not have a good prognosis, unless it is caught early. It is very difficult for a patient to see inside their own mouths to detect abnormalities. Oral cancer is generally never detected by the patient first. Early stages of oral cancer can be cured, but most are not detected early and by the time symptoms occur chances are the cancer may have already begun to spread. Of course we all know the risks factors for oral cancer such as the use of tobacco products and alcohol abuse, however 25% of patients who present with oral cancer have never smoked.
Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio, Dr. Camacho is committed to helping you with overall health and offers complimentary Velscope exams on all his patients. Call today to schedule your appointment.