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Oral Cancer Awareness

Dr. Cathy Santone, Dr. Megan Dietz, and all of us here at Encinitas Cosmetic Dentistry would like to encourage you to invest in your health by scheduling an oral cancer screening with our VELscope® Vx oral cancer screening technology. This quick, affordable screening can be included as a part of your routine dental cleanings for optimal convenience.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 58,500 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2024. Early detection is a key part of treating those afflicted, and our state-of-the-art VELscope® Vx technology can help detect potential signs not visible to the naked eye. Screenings typically take around two minutes, and the device uses a specialized blue light to expose growths in a non-invasive and painless fashion. The blue light helps us to see things we can‘t see with the white light and our naked eyes. While Dr. Santone and Dr. Dietz recommend routine screenings for all patients, they particularly encourage patients with additional risk factors to undergo an exam. These risk factors include smoking, drinking, using tobacco products, and HPV exposure.

Oral cancer is a very serious disease, but annual screenings can help ensure patients receive timely treatment. At Encinitas Cosmetic Dentistry, we care deeply about our patients, which is why we are committed to spreading awareness about oral cancer. We strongly encourage all of our patients to be proactive about their health by scheduling a screening.

If you have any questions about the oral cancer screening process, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Santone or Dr. Dietz, please contact Encinitas Cosmetic Dentistry today.