What is Dr. Malki Looking For?
During the visual exam, Dr. Malki is looking for symptoms such as:
- Red or white patches
- Mouth sores that do not heal
- Abnormal lumps or growths
If you wear dentures, Dr. Malki will ask you to remove them so he can closely examine the tissues underneath.
How the Velscope System Works
The Velscope system uses a handheld device that emits a special blue light. This light reacts differently to healthy tissues and abnormalities, signaling potential problems that Dr. Malki may have been unable to see during the visual exam. The Velscope examination takes only an additional two minutes and can provide Dr. Malki with important information about your oral health.
How to Protect Yourself from Oral Cancer
Certain risk factors for oral cancer are beyond your control. For example, if you have ever had HPV (human papilloma virus), or another form of cancer, you could have a greater risk of developing oral cancer. However, many of the factors that put patients at risk for oral cancer are entirely preventable. These can include:
- Poor dental hygiene
- Tobacco use (smoke and smokeless)
- Frequent or excessive alcohol use
If you want to reduce your risk for oral cancer, the first step is to quit any tobacco habit you may have and limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages. Additionally, you should practice good dental hygiene at home and see your dentist for an exam and cleaning every six months.
If you want to reduce your risk for oral cancer, the first step is to quit any tobacco habit you may have and limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages.
If you have a history of oral cancer in your family or if you use tobacco, please let Dr. Malki know. He can use this information, along with other factors such as your age and overall health, to determine when and how often you will need an oral cancer screening. Most patients over the age of 40 will receive a screening at least once per year.
Schedule an Exam and Screening Today
If you have not had an oral cancer screening within the last six months, call our office at (201) 646-0800 or contact Malki Dental to schedule an appointment. We can perform the screening in conjunction with your regular dental exam and cleaning for your convenience.