The prospect of cancer, particularly oral cancer, can be frightening. However, the sooner it is detected, the sooner it can be treated. And the sooner treatment is started, the less invasive it can be and the greater the chances for success. Oral cancer has a number of symptoms, which can be very similar to the symptoms of other problems, such as:
- Throat or ear pain
- Oral bleeding
- Pain or numbness in the face, mouth or neck
- Changes in the texture of the mouth, including lumps or bumps
- Red or white patches or speckles in the mouth
- Problems eating, speaking or swallowing
- Changes in the fit of dentures
While there is an increased risk for people over the age of 40 and those with HPV, in many cases, oral cancer is preventable. Contributing factors can include alcohol and tobacco use.
In its early stages, oral cancer may not be easy to visually detect. In order to locate and address issues with your smile as soon as possible, our dentists, Dr. Elhady, Dr. Scimeca and associates, and our team use the VELscope® oral cancer screening system in Fairfax, Virginia. This screening is easily done during your regular visit, is non-invasive, involves no chemicals and can detect cancer or pre-cancerous conditions, allowing you to start treatment sooner. In fact, the VELscope system can detect the presence of oral cancer or pre-cancerous conditions, infections or allergic reactions that are not visible to the naked eye and might be missed during a regular examination. To make a VELscope oral cancer screening a part of your next visit to Oakton Family Dentistry, call 703-281-6201 today. We are invested in your oral health!