About Oral Cancer Screenings
Board-certified dentist, Dr. Stuart Ross, is pleased to introduce the VELscope® oral disease screening system into his dental practice that aids in the detection of oral abnormalities. The VELscope helps Dr. Ross to better view any abnormal tissue that could lead to cancer with a hand-held device, shining a bright light into your mouth to look for any changes in the patterns of your soft tissues. This painless oral cancer screening could be a life saver.
Patients, who are more susceptible or at-risk for disease, cancer, and pre-cancer should have regular screenings. Men and women over the age of 18 who use tobacco products, consume excessive amounts of alcohol, have a family predisposition to cancer, and/or over exposure to sun at any age, should be tested annually or if they have a suspicious area or a lesion within their mouth. Let us take a look at City Smiles DC in our Washington, DC office with our VELscope technology.
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"I've been seeing Dr. Ross for thirty years. He is extremely talented and professional. He takes his time to makes every procedure as comfortable and pain-free as is possible. Very friendly staff give out free M&Ms. What's not to love?"- J.S. / Yelp / Oct 01, 2017
"Not a big fan of going to the dentist, but even cleanings are a treat at City Smiles. Dr. Ross is up on all the latest tech and makes the experience pretty darn comfortable. I recently had to have a crown replaced and while this has been an ordeal at other dentists, the afternoon I spent was really great. Cozy blankets, eye protectors, a place for your stuff while you're waiting for the crown to cook, any kind of music you want, and just an overall very relaxing experience, all things considered. I've been going to Dr. Ross since I moved to DC about 4 years ago and he and his team are the best."- D.H. / Yelp / Sep 24, 2017
"Dr. Ross is a dental artist! He beautifully repaired our teenage son’s broken front tooth, eased fears, and explained the longer term plan and how the tooth will change with maturity. It is such a relief to have the excellent team at City Smiles caring for our family. I have been a happy client for more than 25 years."- J.B. / Google / Sep 18, 2017
"This was an excellent experience. The staff was kind. The doctor was very thorough. He took away pain I was having from another dental facility. It is clean and neat. I highly recommend City Smile in DC."- L.S. / Google / Sep 04, 2017
What to Expect
Without detection, you may have oral cancer and not know it. Many patients do not. We recommend our patients receive an oral cancer screening after a thorough dental examination with their primary dentist. During the VELscope screening, the dentist will also be feeling inside of your mouth for bumps and thickened areas. If a lesion is found, our dentist may recommend having a soft tissue biopsy. We suggest following all your dentist's recommendations if something is detected during the VELscope screening.
Generally, preventative screenings, such as oral cancer exams, are typically covered by dental insurance as a part of the routine dental exam. With that being said, some insurance providers may not.
Plan Your Procedure
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- 5 Minutes
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VELscope is a safe, new method of screening for oral cancer with light energy. As a technology leader in oral health, VELscope has made it easier and more affordable to catch oral cancer. Call and schedule your annual exam at City Smiles DC with Dr. Ross today.