Brookside Dental using Velscope during oral exams  Smiling Bellevue Dentists Patient


Bellevue Dentists at Brookside Dental in Bellevue WA are now using the VELSCOPE VX for oral disease detection, including detection of cancerous and precancerous tissues. It will used during oral examinations by the dentists to detect suspicious looking tissue area in the mouth. The VELSCOPE VX can assist dental professionals locate abnormal tissue in the mouth including oral cancer. It is at present the best tool available to assist in discovering abnormalities in the oral cavity.  It is recognized as such by the World Health Organization as the most powerful tool available to assist in the discovery of oral abnormalities.

The VELSCOPE VX can assist Bellevue Dentists in detecting oral tissue diseases early, when they are most easily treated. One of the most important aspects of using this detection tool is to help locate tissue areas that might progress into oral cancer if not treated. When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer is good at approximately 83%. However, when found late, the 5-year survival rate drops to a poor rate of approximately 32 %. Survival rates also will depend upon factors such as which tissues are diseased. Dental professionals are finding this tool to be an invaluable method of assisting in the detection of oral cancer. According to a recent study utilizing this type of light where 11.1% of patients examined had various oral disease areas detected that were not detected by examination with ordinary light, it is logical to assume early detection and treatment of cancer may result in better survival than delayed detection. The complete VELSCOPE study results were published in the scientific journal General Dentistry.

The VELSCOPE VX is a non-invasive technique that utilizes a blue light which stimulates natural fluorescence in the soft tissues of the mouth. This natural fluorescence when seen through the VELSCOPE VX allows the dental professionals to see abnormal tissues of the disease areas that are not visible to the naked eye. So what this tool does is allow the dentist or other dental professional to observe and discover abnormal tissues and disease areas of the mouth before they are observable with ordinary light. “Normal” looking areas of the mouth that have abnormal tissue can become plainly visible as darkened areas when observed with the VELSCOPE VX. It offers hope that oral diseases may be detected early, including cancerous and precancerous areas of the mouth.
Risk Factors for Oral Cancer that You can control

  • Tobacco use in all forms is the single most contributing factor to oral cancer.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption at more than 15 alcoholic beverages per week.
  • Combined use of tobacco and alcohol gives a significant risk increase.
  • Unprotected sun exposure increases the likelihood of lip cancers.
  • Low intake of fruits and vegetables which protective nutrients.
  • Betel nut and bedis are causative agents when chewed or smoked.

Visiting your family Bellevue Dentists twice a year will assist in the early detection of potential oral disease problems, including cancer and precancerous lesions. If your dentist is using the VELSCOPE VX as part of their examination process, the likelihood of early disease detection will be increased. We are pleased to acknowledge that we are using the VELSCOPE VX in our exams at Brookside Dental Bellevue to assist in the early detection of oral diseases. See additional information on various Bellevue Dentistry procedures at our website at