VELscope and early detection of oral cancer

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

The VELscope is the first adjunctive device cleared by the FDA to help clinicians detect cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions and other lesions that might not be apparent to the naked eye.

VELscope is our standard of care for oral cancer screening. We find that using Velscope along with a standard oral cancer examination improves the ability to identify suspicious areas at their earliest stages.

Early detection of pre-cancerous tissue can minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral cancer and possibly save your life. If the cancer is found early, before it has spread to other tissues, the cure rate is nearly 90%.

The Velscope exam will be offered to you annually.

Oral Cancer is cancer of the mouth and most commonly involves the tissue of the lips or the tongue. It may also occur on the cheek lining, floor of the mouth, gums, or roof of the mouth.

Smoking and other tobacco use are linked to 70 – 80% of oral cancer cases. Heavy alcohol use is also associated with an increased risk for oral cancer. Other factors that may increase the risk for oral cancer are chronic irritation from rough teeth, dentures or fillings, human papilloma virus infection, and poor dental and oral hygiene.

Some common symptoms:

  • Sore, lump or ulcer on the tongue, lip or other area of the mouth
  • Abnormal taste in the mouth
  • Chewing problems
  • Pain with swallowing
  • Speech difficulty
  • Weight loss

 Our office is dedicated to providing the latest in dental technology because we care about your health and well being! Call our office now to schedule your consultation!

What is Periodontal Disease

SERVING LACONIA, CONCORD AND THE LAKES REGION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

Periodontal Disease is an inflammatory and infectious disease affecting the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth. If left untreated it can worsen in time, which may lead to bone loss and premature tooth loss. In the early stages of periodontal disease, your gums may become red or swollen, and may even bleed. In time, your gums separate from your teeth and deep spaces called pockets form. Bacteria then collect in these pockets, and their toxins cause inflammation of the gums which destroys the bone that anchors your teeth.

Periodontal disease develops when a sticky film of bacteria, called plaque, is allowed to build up on the teeth. In most cases, periodontal disease can be prevented with good daily oral hygiene and regular professional care. Plaque that is not removed regularly can harden into a rough porous deposit called tarter or calculus. Tarter and calculus only can be removed when your teeth are professionally cleaned in the dental office.

It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. However, if you notice any of the following signs you may have periodontal disease and should call our office immediately.

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Loose or separating permanent teeth
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures

Treatment of periodontal disease:

We use state of the art technologies to treat this damaging condition. We will use small scaling devices which will be placed carefully into the pockets to remove the bacterial debris. Lasers, antibiotics and rinses are also included in the therapy. In addition you will be instructed on how to improve your oral hygiene procedures and diet. Smoking is also an extremely negative factor related to periodontal disease and it should be reduced or preferably stopped.

If you suspect that you may be suffering from periodontal disease please contact our office now to schedule a consultation with Dr. Manisha Patel.