Oral cancer is the abnormal or erratic growth of cells that damage and invade surrounding tissues in the mouth and throat. We routinely perform oral cancer screenings at our Bowling Green, KY dental office. These screenings are particularly important if you fall into any one of the following high-risk groups:
- Heavy smokers
- Heavy drinkers
- Those exposed to HPV
- Men over age 45
Screening for oral cancer has never been more critical. The challenge is that oral cancer and abnormal cell growth begins beneath the surface. By the time we're able to see it with a visual exam, it may be in the later stages.
Oral cancer screening with VELScope is non-invasive and painless. The device uses a particular wavelength of blue light that stimulates fluorescent molecules that exist in the tissue of the mouth. Tissues affected by trauma or disease fluoresce differently than healthy tissue does, making abnormalities easier to spot. If our dentists find anything of concern, they will refer you to your primary care doctor for further evaluation.