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Finding the motivation to go to the dentist can feel like pulling teeth sometimes.  When most people think of going to sit in the chair, they think about cleanings, check ups, and fighting against diseases like plaque and gingivitis.  Sometimes, we think of more cosmetic reasons, like teeth whitening and straightening.  Rarely do we think that going to the dentist can save our lives.  But it can.  One of the fastest growing silent killers in our country is oral cancer.  In 2010 approximately 36,000 people were diagnosed with Oral cancer. And that number continues to become larger.

How can a dental exam help?

In a couple of minutes at your regular cleaning, a method has been designed that can help detect the early signs of oral cancer.  This is done with a swift and painless tool called a VELscope.  A VELscope exam offers a strong defense on the war on cancer.  The whole purpose of the exam is to catch cancerous, potentially harmful tissue in your mouth before it progresses far enough along to become a life threatening affair. As your dental practitioner xrays your mouth, the VELscope is designed to highlight any tissue that seems irregular or precancerous.  Within a matter of minutes, your dentist will know if you are in the clear or if further tests are needed.  If further tests are needed, your dental team will refer you to a specialist.  The specialist usually consist of Oral surgeons or ENT’s.

Why is the VELscope Exam right for me?

This advanced exam is a fast, effortless assessment that has the aptitude for saving thousands of lives a year.  Within minutes, your dental professional can catch the early symptoms of Oral Cancer.  And the earlier you find it, the easier, and more effective the treatment.

The following statistics from the National Cancer Institute’s SEER Database show some of the most important reasons as to why you should demand an annual VELscope exam from your dental professional.

  • Found early, while still Localized (confined to the primary site), oral cancer’s five-year survival rate is good: about 83%. Only 33% of all oral cancer discoveries fall into this category.
  • Found while Regional (progressed to regional lymph nodes) the five-year survival rate drops significantly, to about 55%. Approximately 46% of all oral cancer discoveries are Regional.
  • Found late, oral cancer’s five-year survival rate is poor: approximately 32%. This accounts for approximately 14% of all oral cancer findings

How do I make sure my loved ones and I get an exam every year?

All you have to do is ask! It’s that easy.  Next time you make an appointment with your trusted dental professional don’t forget to demand your VELscope exam for you and the whole family!  You’ll be glad that you did!

Done once a year, the VELscope exam can offer you peace of mind about your health and well being. We live in an unsure world where anything can happen at any moment.  Isn’t it reassuring to know that  giving a couple of extra minutes at your annual dental exam can keep you and those close to you safe and offer you harmony for the next 12 months to come.

Call today to make an appointment!

| April 11th, 2013 | | Posted In: General

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