Many people believe that if they abstain from tobacco and alcohol use or do not have a family history of the disease, oral cancer will not affect them. However, 25% of those diagnosed abstain from both substances. The very best way to protect yourself from oral cancer is to maintain regular dental examinations with Dr. Troy Gombert in Chandler, AZ, who will examine your mouth to check for signs or symptoms of oral cancer. Using the advanced, FDA-approved technology known as VELscope, Dr. Gombert can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages.
How does the VELscope work?
VELscope uses fluorescence visualization (FV), which is a bright blue light that is shone into the mouth to expose changes and cancerous lesions that are otherwise invisible. Prior to the discovery of this innovative procedure, oral cancer was often missed as it looks very similar to other common, non-threatening lesions and dental conditions. VELscope allows Dr. Gombert to see what is happening beneath the surface of your mouth so that he can make an efficient, early diagnosis.
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"From my very first visit at Parkside Dental Health, I was made to feel welcome and comfortable both by the friendly competence of the staff and the pleasant environment of the office itself. Dr. Gombert inspires the utmost confidence by his extensive knowledge, skill, and professionalism which is further demonstrated by his highly skilled, professional and personable staff. Praise and the highest recommendation to Dr. Gombert and everyone at Parkside Dental Health!"- D. / Healthgrades / Jun 20, 2019
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Oral cancer can affect anyone. As such, each patient that visits our dental practice is an ideal candidate for VELscope screening. While brushing and flossing your teeth each day, you should also visually inspect your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs or symptoms of cancer. Those who are considered high-risk (tobacco consumers, those who consume large amounts of alcohol daily, and individuals with a history of cancer) should be ever-diligent about scheduling and attending annual dental examinations to aid in the early detection of oral cancer.
What to Expect
VELscope oral-cancer examinations take only two or three minutes to perform. The procedure is not painful or invasive and it can help save lives. The procedure will be performed in conjunction with your annual dental examination and will include a visual inspection of your glands, tongue, cheek, and palate, as well as your teeth. You will be given special eyewear to wear (to protect your retinas) and the lights will be dimmed to allow a clear view of your mouth. Any lesions or cancerous cells will be illuminated with the blue light emitted by the handpiece. Dr. Gombert may perform a biopsy if he discovers any areas of concern.
The results of the biopsy dictate the best course of action from there. If a biopsy is taken and it tests positive for oral cancer, you may be referred to a specialist to begin treatment for cancer. If you do not have any signs or symptoms of cancer during your examination, or a biopsy is taken but is clear of cancer cells, the only follow-up necessary is to maintain a healthy oral health regimen and to keep regularly scheduled dental examinations and cleanings.
Insurance companies typically cover a dental examination once yearly. It is during this examination that your oral cancer screening will be performed. As such, the screening is usually covered by dental insurance. Our support staff will contact your provider to determine your coverage and calculate your out-of-pocket-cost. This information will be discussed with you prior to your screening.
Proactive Dental Care
Being proactive with your dental health is the best way to keep your smile bright, white, and healthy. Dr. Gombert is passionate about helping you remain proactive with your health. If it is time to schedule your annual dental examination with an oral cancer screening, contact our Chandler, AZ dental practice today. Our skilled staff looks forward to visiting with you.