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Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening Q & A

Our Oral DNA service is a salivary diagnostic service that can detect early warning and detection for periodontal disease and can provide targeted treatment. The “30-second swish and gargle” can also determine the increased risk for HPV-related oral cancers.

The VELscope is an oral cancer screening device used by dentists and healthcare professionals to aid in the early detection of oral abnormalities, including oral cancer. It uses a specialized light to illuminate the tissues of the mouth and detect any irregularities that might not be visible to the naked eye. Here are some benefits of using the VELscope oral cancer screening device:

Early Detection

The VELscope can reveal oral abnormalities at an early stage, potentially before they develop into more serious conditions like oral cancer. Early detection can greatly improve the chances of successful treatment.


The screening process is non-invasive and painless. It involves shining a special blue light into the mouth, which causes abnormal tissues to appear darker than surrounding healthy tissues. This makes it a comfortable procedure for patients.

Quick Screening

The VELscope examination is relatively quick and can be incorporated into a routine dental check-up. This means that dentists can efficiently screen for oral abnormalities without adding much time to the overall appointment.

Enhanced Visualization

The device’s special light helps dentists see subtle changes in oral tissues that might not be visible under regular lighting conditions. This enhanced visualization aids in accurate diagnosis.

Patient Education

The VELscope allows dentists to show patients real-time images of their oral tissues and explain any abnormalities. This visual representation can help patients understand the importance of maintaining their oral health and seeking timely treatment if needed.

Peace of Mind

Regular VELscope screenings can provide patients with peace of mind, knowing that their oral health is being thoroughly assessed for any potential issues.

Improved Outcomes

Early detection of oral abnormalities, such as precancerous lesions, allows for timely intervention and treatment, potentially preventing the progression to more advanced stages of disease.