What is oral cancer?

As with other forms of cancer, oral cancer occurs when the normal cells in your oral cavity become cancerous. Oral cancer is a serious condition that can be life threatening. While symptoms do not always present themselves, oral cancer often appears as growths, sores, and lumps inside of your mouth that do not go away with regular treatment. With oral cancer, patches, lumps, and tenderness can become visible on your gums, lips, the inside of your cheeks, and on the roof or floor of your mouth.


Fighting oral cancer depends on early detection and diagnosis. Dr. Kirk E. Kooker, our caring dentist, is committed to checking for oral cancer in Plano, Texas during routine dental checkups and offers VELscope® oral cancer detection to ensure your smile stays healthy.


What is VELscope oral cancer detection?

The VELscope oral cancer detection system is a patented form of technology that can help our dental team detect lesions in the oral cavity long before they are visible to the naked eye. By using powerful illumination, the VELscope can aid in detection of lesions far below the epithelium or surface layer. This allows Dr. Kirk E. Kooker to uncover potential cancer earlier in its development. We are committed to using the latest dental technologies to protect your smile and overall oral health. If you have not been to the dentist in a long time, we suggest you call our dental office and schedule an appointment today. We want to ensure your smile is healthy as soon as possible.