Oral cancer claims one life an hour in the US alone, and of those patients diagnosed this year, more than half will not live five years beyond this diagnosis. Research conducted by the Oral Cancer Foundation suggests that early detection is the best way to decrease the number of annual deaths associated with oral cancer. To do their part to prevent oral cancer-related deaths, the Dental Care Today of Richardson team screens for oral cancer during every six month dental checkup. Many dentists provide visual and manual examination and we do as well, but we also use the state-of-the-art VELscope® system to pinpoint signs of oral cancer in the earliest possible stages. VELscope® simply uses a specialized light that makes potentially cancerous lesions instantly visible. Once we find these areas, we can further examine them, and recommend patients seek more advanced biopsy diagnosis. Our hope is to make sure patients receive diagnosis in the early, treatable stages of oral cancer, and we can partner with them throughout their treatment to maintain a healthy smile.