A comprehensive dental exam includes looking for signs of oral cancer which has been increasingly occurring in young adults under age 40 during the past three decades. Oral cancer is also linked to a high mortality rate, but early diagnosis can lead to a five-year survival rate as high as 81%. With all this in mind, dentists have enlisted the help of an instrument known as the Velscope to help spot early signs of cancer in the soft tissues of the mouth. This screening device emits a safe, high-energy blue light that helps the dentist identify abnormalities that are not readily apparent to the unassisted eye. The examination takes only minutes, but its benefits can help extend lives for years.
P.S. Tobacco use accounts for most oral cancers, while alcohol use is another contributing factor.