VELscope System

Cancer affects so many people and families in North America, leading to more than 480,000 new cases of oral and throat cancers being diagnosed each year. Oral cancer kills one person every hour in the U.S., and without proper detection methods, a person may have oral cancer and not even know it. In almost all cases of oral cancer, early detection plays a major role in improving a patient’s chances of survival. By diagnosing and treating oral cancer early, a patient’s five-year survival rate is 80-90% greater.

At Georgian Dental®, our team of professionals are trained to spot any precancerous symptoms, and if diagnosed, can provide effective treatment at every stage. The screenings we perform for mouth and tongue cancer are non-invasive and quick. We recommend that the screening be conducted during your regular checkups twice a year. We also suggest speaking to us about oral cancer so that you are informed and can look for the early warning signs.

Risk factors for oral cancer include:

  • Frequent use of tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco)
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Genetics (a family history of oral cancer or any type of cancer)
  • Excessive exposure to the sun at a young age

While men above the age of 50 are typically at the most risk for oral cancer, there has been a recent increase in the number of women with oral cancer due to a connection between oral cancer and the human papilloma virus (HPV-16). These stats are one of the reasons we offer the VELscope screening system to our patients.

How VELscope works

The VELscope screening system consists of a specialized white light source and viewing scope that make it easier for your doctor to look closely at the tissues inside your mouth. Normal tissues will almost glow a bright green color. Abnormal tissue shows up much darker under the special light. If an abnormal screening occurs, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the patient has cancer but your dentist may schedule a second scan to see if the dark spots disappear. Alternatively, the dentist may choose to perform a gentle, non-invasive brush biopsy to make sure it’s not cancer.

Our Barrie dental clinic wants to do everything possible to help our patients understand how to prevent oral cancer, and the measures we take to ensure our patients are properly screened. We invest in the best technology and training to equip our staff of dental professionals with the capabilities to aid in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer. We take this responsibility very seriously.

One of the best features of Georgian Dental® is our no-obligation consultations. During this consultation, we will review your dental needs and answer any questions you might have about the VELscope procedure. Click below to request your consultation, or learn more about our oral cancer screening.

VELscope Consultations

Learn more about oral cancer screening by booking your consultation at our Barrie location.