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.
Oral Cancer Exam Reviews
"As someone who was very happy with my previous dentist, but moved and needed to find a new one in DC, I knew trying to find a dentist that matched the quality would be tough. Dr. Ross came up in my search for the best dentists in DC and he happened to be across the street from my office and this was very lucky for me. Dr. Ross and his staff are incredibly professional, friendly and the service is thorough. He has all of the most up to date gadgets and I really appreciated his candor and focus on where I want my oral health to be when I'm 90. Melissa, my hygienist, was really great; friendly, thorough and efficient. I would definitely recommend a visit."- D.H. / Google / Mar 13, 2018
"I had an incredible personal and pleasant experience at this office. Not only were the staff highly professional, they were also incredibly friendly. I was quickly confident that they developed treatments with thorough consideration for my personal situation and best interests."- A.R. / Google / Apr 18, 2018
"Dr. Ross and his team are amazingly warm and friendly. They instill a sense of comfort in their patients and do all they can to make sure you understand your different options."- A.H. / Google / Mar 03, 2019
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.