Our office at polishDENTISTRY Midtown Houston is not only dedicated to making your smile beautiful, we’re also dedicated to your overall health and wellness. Like many kinds of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. During your annual dental exams, we will not only complete a visual exam, but also utilize a non-invasive tool called Velscope to identify any suspicious lesions.
According to the oral cancer foundation:
”there are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV-16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), a newly identified etiology, and the same onewhich is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. A small percentage of people (under 7 %) do get oral cancers from no currently identified cause. It is currently believed that these are likely related to some genetic predisposition.”
Oral caner is affecting a new generation of people and this is why our office is adamant about regular oral cancer screenings for all of our patients, regardless of age, sex or social history.
The Velscope is a non-invasive tool that we use to help detect changes in your tissue before we can see them with the naked eye. It is a tool used by ENT physicians as well to help with early detection.