Want to add years to your life? Make prevention priority!

ogh_brush_your_teethStaying healthy consists of taking care of your mouth. Thanks to advancements and developments in technology, oral cancer screening is now available, and effective.

Oral Cancer Screening West Kelowna’s Health & Beauty Dentistry

The Velscope Oral Cancer Screening System incorporates fluorescence visualization technology to help detect abnormal tissue growth. They cost $50 and take only 3-5 minutes.

It’s important to note  that the Velscope System is not a diagnostic device. It’s used to detect abnormal tissue grown. If we are suspicious of the tissue detected, a surgical biopsy will be conducted by an oral surgeon. Only when an oral pathologist reads the results of this surgical biopsy can a diagnosis be made.

Causes of Oral Cancer

Although it can happen to anyone, some are more at risk than others.

  1. Smoking
  2. Consumption of Alcohol
  3. Sun Exposure
  4. History of cancer in the family
  5. Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

In order to prevent late detection, it’s important for you to understand what symptoms to look out for.

  1. Swollen gums
  2. Loose teeth or ill-fitting dentures
  3. Difficulty moving jaw or tongue
  4. Numbness and tenderness in the mouth
  5. White or red patches in mouth
  6. Drastic weight loss
  7. Chronic sore throat
  8. Sores that won’t heal
  9. Bleeding mouth

If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact us today and ask about an oral cancer screening. We can check for multiple reasons why you may be experiencing these symptoms and help find a solution or treatment.

 

Kelowna, think prevention and early detection

Stay health through early detection of oral cancer.It is our goal to encourage the prevention and early detection of cancer to the best of our ability. Contact us today to set up a Velscope oral cancer screening at your next appointment.