Did you know that almost 500,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year? And that the number is consistently rising? Another alarming fact about this type of cancer is that it can target anyone – even if you’re not a current or past tobacco user. Even more alarming is that oral cancer kills one person every hour in the United States.
But here’s some good news. When the condition is caught early through an oral cancer screening, the survival rate for patients increases by as much as 90 percent. Our dentists use the Velscope®️ oral cancer screening system.
Visual screening for the signs of oral cancer is now a part of most preventive dentistry during dental exams, but Velscope allows our dentists to detect cancer below the tissue surface. This means that the condition can be detected much earlier than relying on naked-eye screening and allows for earlier and more successful treatment – two things that visual cancer screening can’t promise.
Much like the technology used in other types of cancer detection, Velscope works by tissue fluorescence. But unlike other types of tissue fluorescence testing, Velscope doesn’t require any oral or intravenous contrast dyes which means your oral cancer screening can be performed during your routine exam appointment with our Longmont dentists.
Our commitment to every patient is to provide fully individualized care to help you maintain the health and beauty of your smile. With that comes our commitment to using advanced technology and equipment to ensure that your comfort and overall health are taken into consideration during every procedure we perform – whether it’s laser dentistry, implant dentistry, sedation dentistry, or oral cancer screening in Longmont, our dentists select only the best products for your complete dental care.
If you’re searching for a dentist near you that uses the Velscope oral cancer screening system in Longmont, CO, we invite you to make an appointment now using our convenient online booking tool to experience the difference that our state-of-the-art office can provide for you and your family.