What is the VELscope?

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 5,300 Americans will be diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly one person per hour, 24 hours a day. Thankfully,regularly screening leads to early detection, and early detection can increase the 5-year survival rate from 50% to close to 90%.

The VELscope is a handheld tool that utilizes the natural fluorescence of your tissue to help our doctors see abnormalities that they may not be able to see during your regular oral examinations. For more information on how the light works, visit https://ledapteryx.com/velscope/education/

At Interlakes Family Dental Center, we believe that everyone should be screened regularly, regardless of financial situation or insurance coverage. Because of this, we have made oral screenings complimentary for all of our patients. We also host free community screening days .To hear about the next one (and all of our upcoming events!), follow us on Facebook.