If your family has a history of oral cancer(s) or you are just interested in receiving a thorough examination, you can make an appointment for a VELscope oral cancer screening. The VELscope system helps us, at Kneib Dentistry, to examine abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth and upper throat. With an appointment with a hygienist, you can have a screening done in just two minutes, with no rinses, stains or discomfort. A VELscope examination lets us discover harmful cells and helps in improving your overall oral health.

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Common Oral Cancer Symptoms

  • Swellings/thickenings, lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth.
  • The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth.
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth.
  • Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck.
  • Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks.
  • A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat.
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice.
  • Ear pain.
  • A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together.
  • Dramatic weight loss.

If you notice any of these changes, contact your dentist or health care professional immediately.

How Does It Work?

The VELscope emits blue light that "excites" certain molecules (called "fluorophores") within the layers of mucosal tissues. In turn, those fluorophores give off fluorescent light, in shades of green, yellow and red. The filter on the device makes fluorescence visualization possible, by retracting the reflected blue light, and by improving the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.

Make sure that your mouth is as healthy as it can possibly be. The next time you visit Kneib Dentistry, ask for a VELscope exam.

Oral Cancer Screening FAQs

How often should you get oral cancer screenings?

Adult patients should try to get an oral cancer screening once every year. Depending on genetics and your medical history, your dentist may recommend that you get screened for oral cancer more often that once every year.

Patients that are more at risk for developing cancer are recommended to get screened for oral cancer more often than most. Adults over the age of 20 should be screened every three years, while those over 40 should be screened annually.

Those with oral precancerous conditions, oral lesions, and oral inflammation may also want to consider an oral cancer screening.

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