There’s a growing trend within general dentistry that stresses the importance of overall oral health – not only health of teeth and gums, but of all the soft tissues in the oral cavity and oropharynx.
At Goolwa Dental Surgery we have included advanced cancer screening technology into our routine examination process. In addition to visual and palpation techniques we use a system of tissue fluorescence called VEL scope. In addition to the detection of oral cancers and pre-cancers, the VELscope system is showing itself to be a powerful tool for the discovery of mucosal abnormalities such as:
- Viral, fungal and bacterial infections
- Inflammation from a variety of causes (including lichen planus and other lichenoid reactions)
- Squamous papillomas
- Salivary gland tumours.
Finding oral cancer in its early stages is key to survival.