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Oral Cancer Screening in Fort Worth, TX

Stay safe and healthy with oral cancer screenings from Dr. Kelly Blair

Woman in dental chair for oral cancer screeningOral cancer awareness in the American public is low. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with the deadly disease this year alone! Dentists are often the first line of defense against oral cancer through the process of early discovery during routine hygiene appointments.

While smoking, family history, alcohol, and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, and nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. We cannot stop this virus from spreading; our only hope to save lives is with professional involvement and public awareness. This is our opportunity to get involved and give back to our community in the hopes of raising oral cancer awareness. Ask Dr. Kelly Blair or your hygienist about the OraRisk HPV test we use to detect risk factors in healthy patients of all ages.

What is an Oral Cancer Screening?

An oral cancer screening is an exam that is performed by a dentist or hygienist with the use of their hands, eyes, a rinse, dye, or light. Dr. Blair uses the VELscope light during this exam. The VELscope light is able to detect oral cancer up to two stages earlier than our hands and eyes can. The exam usually only lasts about two minutes and is noninvasive, providing no discomfort. Sometimes during an oral cancer screening, Dr. Blair or your hygienist can detect other common issues such as clenching, grinding, TMD and sleep apnea.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact us today.