Over the past few decades it has become clear that a person’s entire health and wellness is important when defining one’s overall health. One’s overall health no longer consists of simply monitoring heart rate, breathing, weight, strength, etc.; but must consider the person in their entirety. Part of this is one’s oral health. Our Vancouver dentist professionals play a pivotal role in understanding the wellness of their patients. Simply Wellness Dental is always looking for ways to make this process as painless and least invasive as possible.
Our Vancouver Dentist Experts on Oral Health – Cancer & Disease ScreeningWhat does a Vancouver dentist focus on to determine oral health? How clean the mouth is? How many cavities? What about gum disease? Of course, these issues are all very important. However, oral health consists of so much more.
Oral health is essential to general health. The mouth serves as a “window” to the rest of the body, providing signals of general health disorders. Our Vancouver dentists at Simply Wellness look at how the jaw works, whether it is clicking or causing strain. They look for mouth lesions that could be signs of diseases like HIV infection, ulcers that could be indicators of Crohn’s disease, the coloration of the gums and bleeding gums as potential factors in other diseases, and changes to teeth that could be signs of eating disorders. Each time bacteria is noted in the mouth, it could be a sign of infection in another part of the body.
One of the most important considerations for oral health is oral cancer screening. New technology is making this easier and less invasive.
VELscope – A Non-Invasive Oral Cancer-Screening DeviceHead and neck cancer (including oral cancer, cancer of the larynx, and cancer of the pharynx), is the sixth most common type of cancer, with approximately 643,000 worldwide cases reported annually. Because of this, it is important that people are screened as soon as possible.
Screening of such diseases has not changed much in the last decade, which is why the new VELscope device is so evolutionary. This new technology is non-invasive, emitting a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect both the mouth and tongue. This testing is used by Vancouver dentists in addition to traditional tests. This allows for a more thorough approach to exams, and a quick investigation in concern areas. The reality is that when discovered early, the five-year survival rate for oral cancer is about 83%.
Visit Simply Wellness’ Vancouver DentistsHere at Simply Wellness, our focus is on your health and well-being. We provide dentists, family doctors, specialists and pharmacists at a beautiful storefront location in a central area with ample access and excellent parking. With all services in one location, we can ensure that you entire well-being is considered.
For those seeking less invasive approaches to oral cancer screening, our dentists use the Velscope Oral Cancer Screening Device. We want to make the experience as comfortable as possible. For more information about our services, contact us or visit www.wellnessmadesimple.ca.