Did you know that more than 3000 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, tongue, throat or lips each year? Or that Oral Cancer has 3 times as many victims as cervical cancer? The survival rate for these types of Oral Cancer is poor and unfortunately, only 35% of Oral Cancer cases in Canada are detected in the early stages.
At Dawson Dental, our team prides themselves on putting each patient’s health above all else. We understand that early detection of Oral Cancer can make all the difference when it comes to surviving the disease. That is why we are proud to offer VELscope® at our dental centres.
What is VELscope?
VELscope is the leading oral cancer screening device. Approved by Health Canada, VELscope is also supported by the Canadian Dental Association with more than 25 million complete examinations across 23 countries.
How does VELscope work?
VELscope uses a safe blue light and fluorescence technology to highlight the difference between normal and abnormal tissues in the mouth. Looking through a special lens, your Dawson dentist or hygienist can detect changes several cell layers deep. VELscope allows us to detect any abnormalities in the early stages that frequently cannot be seen by the naked eye.
As the VELscope passes over your mouth, normal, healthy tissue will appear fluorescent green and abnormal tissue will appear dark and may indicate a site of trauma or oral cancer. Attached to the VELscope is a small camera that can take photos of tissue that appears abnormal. These images can be used to help diagnose oral cancer or as a baseline for reference over your lifetime. For more information on Oral Cancer, including risk factors, symptoms and tips to prevent oral cancer click here.
There’s Good News!
April, is Oral Cancer awareness month. Reserve your Oral Cancer Screening ($39) at a Dawson Dental Centre location near you.
Dawson Dental Centres are knowledgeable, caring Downtown Toronto dentists in 17+ locations across Ontario including Cambridge, Hanover, Waterloo and more. We offer General & Cosmetic Dentistry services such as dental implants, Invisalign invisible braces and dental veneers. New patients are warmly welcome!