Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Cosmetic Dentistry, Chantilly, VAApril is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Oral cancer is a growing health concern and is often fatal due to late term diagnosis. Regular screenings can help catch oral cancer in the earliest stages for a chance at effective treatment. Dr. Quynh-Chi Nguyen of Chantilly, FL provides innovative oral cancer screenings for all of her patients.

While anyone can develop oral cancer, there are some people who are at a higher risk. A growing group of patients are being diagnosed at younger ages due to exposure to the HPV virus. Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women and men over the age of 45 have an even higher chance. Smokers and heavy alcohol consumers are also at a higher risk for developing the disease.

State of the Art Oral Cancer Screening

Velscope technology, Chantilly, VAOur innovative and modern dentist office provides state of the art diagnostic tools for early detection and effective treatment of oral cancer. Dr. Nguyen uses VelScope to screen for oral cancer during all dental health exams. A quick, painless screening with Velscope can be life saving: detecting oral cancer in the early stage is important for a good prognosis and successful treatment. Velscope technology uses fluorescent light to spot abnormal tissue in the mouth that may indicate the presence of precancerous cells. In about two minutes, Dr. Nguyen can complete a comprehensive oral cancer screening that is enhanced by the use of Velscope in addition to a visual exam.

Signs of Oral Cancer

  • Red or white patches in your mouth
  • Thickening of soft oral tissue
  • Open sores
  • Feeling of something caught in your throat
  • Hoarseness

Schedule An Appointment

Contact our Chantilly dentist office to schedule an oral cancer screening. Dr. Nguyen provides patients with a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments for a comprehensive oral health experience.