VELscope Technology Can Detect Oral Cancer Early

By December 16, 2013 February 10th, 2019 Oral Health
the Velscope Vx - oral cancer screening machine

We Take a Serious Look at Your Mouth

Our patients should know that more than just your teeth are being examined during routine office visits. We are looking at your tongue, palate, gums, and even your cheeks for any lesions or growths that look even slightly suspicious.

Oral Cancer Can be Detected Early

I have always been passionate about ensuring that you, as my patient, are receiving a thorough oral examination. Unfortunately, the numbers speak for themselves: 1 person dies every hour from oral cancer in the United States. That may be difficult to believe, but it’s true. The earlier we can detect any signs of oral cancer, the better.

“At the present time, the most effective approach to reducing morbidity and mortality from oral cancer is early detection.”

The Oral Cancer Foundation

We have instituted additional measures to help detect lesions or suspicious areas in their early stages. The VELscope is one of the most dependable pieces of technology that I personally like to use. This handheld device emits a light that causes abnormal tissue to appear dark and normal tissue to fluoresce. It’s used to help identify potential areas of concern, and, in some cases, it allows us to see abnormalities when the naked eye could not!

Get Your Mouth Checked Once or Twice a Year

The VELscope provides us with the ability to be more thorough in our routine exams. We recommend these fast and simple exams at least twice* a year, since early detection of oral cancer is highly correlated with survival rates.

~ Dr. Bertman

*For some patients, we may advise more frequent routine examinations, yet for other patients we may recommend an examination just once a year. Most commonly, we recommend getting a routine dental and oral cancer examination and cleaning every six months.

Dr. Todd Bertman

Dr. Todd Bertman

Renowned NYC dentist Todd Bertman, DMD, has over 18 years of experience in the dental industry. In addition to membership in the American Dental Association, Dr. Bertman is also a member of the New York County Dental Association and the New York State Dental Association. He is certified as a Level I and II Invisalign practitioner, and belongs to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the World Clinical Laser Institute, and the IALD (Institute for Advanced Laser and Dentistry). Dr. Bertman is dedicated to learning about the latest advanced dental procedures and making them to his patients.

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