Routine oral cancer screening in Sebastopol, CA is far from the ordinary, with advanced detection service
Whole Health Dentistry partners with you to keep both your teeth and gums looking their healthy best; however, Drs Silvano Senn and Toni Mann are also on the front lines of preventing, detecting, and managing many conditions that transcend the appearance and health of your smile. Routine visits would not be complete without our oral cancer screening in Sebastopol, CA. While routine screenings are a “must,” our approach to screening is anything but routine or ordinary.
Early detection that stands out, saves lives
Other dentists’ offices in and around Sonoma County may approach screening for oral cancers the “standard” way; by that, the check-up is combined with a visual inspection and “palpating” or examining your mouth, face, and head by touch. Such evaluation is used to identify potential red flags for tumors, such as:
- Facial drooping
- Lumps or swelling inside the mouth
- Sores on the lips
- White or red discoloration or patches
We, too, will look for these potential symptoms during a thorough evaluation. Additionally, our doctors may discuss if you have experienced pain, problems swallowing, or other concerns that could indicate cancer. For many dental offices, this is the extent of their evaluation. With Whole Healthy Dentistry, this is only the start of our screening process.
We are among a limited number of practitioners to invest in VELscope® technology. This non-invasive, gentle system illuminates abnormalities of tissues in the oral cavity that otherwise would not be visible and, in turn, detected. Drs Senn and Mann direct the system’s handheld device toward the inside of your mouth. Traditional tools use reflected light to examine and highlight tissues. The VELscope®, though, uses blue light to “excite” or activate fluorophore molecules in deep tissue layers, which then emit their own light at longer wavelengths. This process of fluorescence produces shades of green, yellow, and red that stick out in stark contrast to surrounding tissues. So, we at Whole Health Dentistry can clearly see those areas of cellular, structural, and metabolic activity changes that often correlate with diseases present in the tissue. In addition to detecting oral cancers in their earliest stages (when they are easiest to successfully treat), VELscope® technology aids in the detection of pre-malignant dysplasia, which are “pre-cancerous” lesions.
Routine check-ups at Whole Health Dentistry, which include sophisticated oral cancer screening, are the first defense to protect from dangerous oral cavity cancers, which have been on the rise in the past 30 years, even among non-smokers. Call 707 549-6333 to schedule your appointment with Drs Senn or Mann at the Sebastopol, CA office.