NORTHRIDGE, Calif., March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northridge dentist, Dr. Farshid Ariz, is offering discounted screenings for oral cancer throughout the month of April. Dr. Arami and Northridge oral surgery expert, Dr. Ariz offer visual exams during routine checkups to identify any lesions or abnormal tissues. This offer includes not only a visual exam but also a more in-depth screening using the VELscope. Throughout the month of April, patients will receive this oral cancer screening at the dramatically reduced rate of $10. The screening is valued at $75.
About Farshid Ariz, DMD
Dr. Ariz is a graduate of Boston University's School of Dentistry and holds advanced certification in the field of periodontology. Today, he is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Academy of Osseointegration.
About Shahdad Arami, DDS
Dr. Shahdad Arami is a graduate of UCLA and a top dentist who concentrates on treating phobic and medically compromised patients. He is a member of the California Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He offers a variety of cosmetic treatments, including dental veneers, Zoom, tooth bleaching and more. Visit http://www.dentistnorthridge.net to learn more about this offer.
Oral cancers associated with the HPV infection have been increasing over the past several years. Heavy alcohol use and tobacco use are also closely linked to the development of oral cancer. Screening may help catch this deadly cancer at earlier stages when it is most easily treated.
The soft tissues of the mouth, including the lips, cheeks, palate and throat are often at the greatest risk from oral cancers. Symptoms may not be noticeable in the earlier stages of the condition, which is why screening is so important. A red or white patch, a rough patch, sore that does not heal or an ulcerated spot should all be evaluated. Other symptoms can include pain or difficulty swallowing, wart-like growths, a lump or mass in the mouth, numbness, chronic earache and long-term hoarseness.
The VELscope is a handheld device that allows Dr. Arami and Dr. Ariz identify mucosal abnormalities months or even years before they become visible to the eye. It has been approved by FDA and can be used to detect bacterial infections, fungal infections, viral infections, inflammation and cancerous and precancerous lesions.
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SOURCE Northridge Dental Group