Dr. Jen Kim, DDS
Kirkland, WA Family and Cosmetic Dentist

I don't smoke. Do I really need an oral cancer screening?

While smoking is one of the best-known risk factors for oral cancer, it's not the only cause. Human papillomavirus (HPV) has also been linked to oral cancer, and sun exposure can cause cancer to develop on the lips. Genetics and alcohol consumption can also increase your risk for developing oral cancer.

At Jen Kim Dentistry, we provide the state-of-the-art Velscope screening in addition to our conventional oral cancer examination. Velscope is a tool that allows us to visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth, and upper throat. This important feature helps us discover abnormalities before they become visible under ordinary light. The early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases, including pre-cancer and cancer, helps increase your chances of preventing a serious health situation.