Velscope technology is used in many offices around our Country everyday. It uses fluorescence to note early changes in cells during your annual complete oral cancer exam. When used it can show changes we as your dental professionals can't see through our naked eye.
Often what we see corresponds with what we saw during our visual oral cancer exam, most often the change we see through the velscope is a cheek biting trauma or mouth sore/burn. It's when we can't correspond what we are seeing with something we saw with the naked eye we start to use our critical thinking skills. We are trained to determine if perhaps the tissue we are looking at is just more vascular (has more blood in that area). A simple test we can do quickly rules out areas with greater blood supply.
So after your dental hygienist has ruled out the above the next step may be to re evaluate the area in two weeks or a referral to an oral surgeon. It is very important you understand that this doesn't mean we think you have oral cancer. We are looking for a second opinion and possibly a biopsy to confirm a diagnosis. Often this biopsy will come back as being dysplasia anywhere from mild to severe. These can be precancerous and now they can be removed before they become malignant.
A very simple exam can save your life and with the face of oral cancer changing drastically over the last few years an exam that needs to be done and because of this your exam is always part of your dental hygiene exam one time a year at no additional charge when done at our office.