This year, nearly 41,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers. While this stunning number is heartbreaking, it is also preventable. At First Dental, Dr. Ryan P. Lehmkuhler has researched the latest in oral cancer detection technologies, and we are proud to offer this technology to our patients. With our VELscope® Enhanced Oral Assessment System, we able to detect and treat cancer earlier than ever before and hopefully reduce the number of individuals affected by oral cancers.
Please contact our dental office for a cancer screening appointment if you suffer from any of the following:
- Persistent irritation or sores in the mouth
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- Tenderness or numbness in the mouth or lips
- A lump, rough spot, or crust in the mouth
- Trouble when chewing, swallowing, or speaking
A typical screening consists of a visual inspection of the mouth and physical examination of the jaw and neck by our dentist. In the screening, Dr. Ryan P. Lehmkuhler will use the VELscope technology to illuminate and detect any abnormalities that might go unnoticed in the initial examination. The VELscope helps our team in the early detection and treatment of:
- Viral, fungal, and bacterial infections
- Salivary gland tumors
- Cancer and pre-cancer
- Mouth inflammation
- Many other oral issues
Regular visits to First Dental can improve your chances of detecting any serious changes in your oral health, so call us today if you have any questions about getting screened for oral cancer in Dodge City, Kansas.