Oral disease can have serious repercussions for both physical and psychological health. Oral-facial pain can be crippling, interfering with such basic activities as chewing, swallowing, talking, working, and sleeping. Conditions that change or distort our facial features can make us feel less attractive, leading to social withdrawal and depression.

The VELscope system has been developed to help Dr. McKenzie discover a wide variety of oral abnormalities, including oral precancer and cancer. By shining VELscope’s safe blue light in a patient’s oral cavity, Dr. McKenzie is able to distinguish between normal and abnormal tissue. That helps in the quest to find oral disease, even if it’s invisible under ordinary light.

Why VELscope?

The VELscope system helps our team at Whistler Dental visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth and upper throat. In just two minutes, with no rinses, stains or discomfort, a VELscope examination lets us improve our assessment of your overall oral health.
Make sure that your mouth is as healthy as it can possibly be. The next time you visit Whistler Dental, ask for a VELscope exam.

How Does the VELscope Work?

The VELscope’s blue light “excites” molecules (called “fluorophores”) deep within the layers of oral mucosal tissues. In turn, those fluorophores emit their own light (fluorescence), in shades of green, yellow and red. The VELscope’s proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualization possible, by blocking reflected blue light, and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.

Give us a call today to arrange your own oral cancer screening in Whistler using Velscope.

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