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Oral Cancer Screening

VELscope® is a wireless, handheld scope that uses natural tissue fluorescence to help your hygienist see any oral abnormalities that might not be apparent to the naked eye. 


Why would my dental team screen for cancer?

Oral healthcare professionals are the first line of defense in the fight against oral cancer and have an excellent opportunity to detect cancer in its earliest stages during your regularly scheduled checkup.

How does the VELscope® detect cancer in its early stages?

The VELscope® emits a special type of light that causes the soft tissues in the mouth to fluoresce. Since healthy tissue shows a different pattern than tissue which is not healthy, we are able to identify abnormalities which may be indicative of cancer, often before they are visible on direct examination.


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