Velscope is a new tool for oral mucosal examinations. It is a hand held device that provides dentists and oral health care professionals with an easy to use examination system for the early detection of abnormal tissue. It is used as an adjunctive aid in combination with traditional examination procedures.
How does it work?
The Velscope uses a fluorescence visualization technology. The system emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity. Your dentist is then able to immediately view the different fluorescence responses to help differentiate between normal and abnormal tissue. Under examination with the Velscope System, abnormal tissue typically appears as an irregular, dark area that stands out against the otherwise normal, green fluorescence pattern of surrounding healthy tissue. It is a painless, non-invasive and requires no rinsing or stains.
Why should you have a Velscope screening?
Your Dentist may be monitoring a suspicious area/lesion in your oral cavity.
Incident of oral cancer increased to 11 % in the United States in 2007.
Unlike several other cancers the survival rate for oral cancer has remained unchanged for decades.
Early detection of oral cancer has a better survival rate.
Common Oral Cancer Risk Factors:
Oral cancer occurs in those over the age of 40 although the incidence is rising in those under 40 years old with no history of risk factors.
Heavy alcohol consumption
Prolonged exposure to ultra violet radiation (sunlight)
Early screening, diagnosis and treatment planning saves lives!
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