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Oral Cancer

When dentists refer to the term “Oral Cancer”, they are including cancerous growths that appear in the mouth, cheeks, lips and tongue. In general, and like most cancers, age is going to be the primary risk factor for oral cancer - indeed, most people who are diagnosed are over the age of 50.

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When dentists refer to the term “Oral Cancer”, they are including cancerous growths that appear in the mouth, cheeks, lips and tongue. In general, and like most cancers, age is going to be the primary risk factor for oral cancer - indeed, most people who are diagnosed are over the age of 50. Statistics for oral cancer are quite shocking, and delayed detection and diagnosis are the principal reasons for worst-case outcomes (and mortality).

Needless to say, tobacco use would be a major risk factor for oral cancer - this would include all age groups. Interestingly, 25% of oral cancer sufferers have no real lifestyle risk factors. Tobacco users who are younger than age 40 are considered at high risk. Finally, the highest risk patients are those aged 40+ who use tobacco and/or alcohol on a regular basis. All things considered, patients with a family history of oral cancer need to be attentive.

At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis provides comprehensive oral cancer screening as part of the clinic’s preventive approach to oral health. Using the VELscope® System, exams are an integral part of the cancer screening program, with no-obligation screenings available to all patients. VELscope® is complementary to conventional visual exams, which are indispensable to early and accurate diagnoses. Best of all, the exam routinely takes a few minutes.

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With new technology advancing all the time, VELscope® has changed oral cancer screening. The device is hand-held, and emits a harmless blue light that allows the dentist to carefully inspect the oral cavity. The blue-spectrum light of VELscope® actually causes the soft tissue of the mouth and tongue to fluoresce. Healthy tissue fluoresces differently than tissue that has experienced physical change (this can happen for many reasons, one of which is oral cancer).

At the Mackenzie Dental Centre, Dr. Pedvis uses the VELscope® device to supplement traditional oral exams. The device helps to identify abnormal tissue, including cancerous or pre-cancerous abnormalities. And while visual exams are essential to diagnosis, VELscope® is extremely helpful when the naked eye needs assistance. Bottom line: examinations can be far more thorough, and suspicious areas of the mouth can be more fully investigated and examined.

When it comes to oral health, Dr. Pedvis is committed to a preventive approach, along with early diagnosis. In the case of oral cancer, the survival rate with early detection is meaningful. On the down side, however, many cases of oral cancer are discovered late. VELscope® provides an extra measure of early detection, giving dentists and hygienists an additional diagnostic tool which will benefit the patient. Importantly, the device is only step one in the process.

While biopsy is considered to be the gold standard in diagnosing oral cancer, VELscope® plays an integral role in detection and diagnosis. After all, with any health concern, it’s better to be safe than sorry. The truth is, early detection, especially with conditions like oral cancer, is the key to treatment success and survival.

Dr. Lloyd Pedvis BSC, MSC, DDS

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Mackenzie Dental Centre


30+ Years of Experience

Mackenzie Dental Centre is powered by an entire team of dental professionals, from assistants and hygienists to dentists, to bring the community the highest quality of care. Dr. Lloyd Pedvis is a leading dentist with decades of experience providing patients with high-level dental solutions and care.


Full Suite of Services

Our team is here to serve all your dental needs, from emergency services and general dental exams and cleaning to cosmetic dentistry, including implants, whitening, and veneers. By providing a wide range of dental services and treatments, you can ensure you’re always in the hands of a dental team you know & trust.


Innovative Technology

From laser tools for comfortable treatments to imaging technology for more effective assessments, our dental studio is equipped with a range of innovative dental technology to enhance our service and ability to offer the most reliable diagnosis and effective treatments for all our patients.


Serving All Ages

A person’s dental needs change as they age, from bone density & gum health to tooth decay and smile aesthetics. At Mackenzie Dental Centre, we understand the ever-evolving needs of your smile & provide custom solutions to address the needs of children, adults, and seniors effectively for the best results possible.


Dedicated Patient-Focus

You are the most essential part of our operation; that’s why we offer custom-tailored solutions to help address challenges and minimize dental anxiety. Our goal at Mackenzie Dental Centre is always to give you the care you need for a healthier and happier smile.


Easy Insurance Options

At Mackenzie Dental Centre, we work with all major insurance companies to help you get the care you need. our team also helps manage billing, so you can focus on your smile.

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Thoroughly impressed from top to bottom. Beautiful facility, state of the art equipment, phenomenal dentist Dr. Lloyd Pedvis is indeed!! Beyond knowledgeable and best of all is his calming influence. He has such a down to earth approach, I just find it reassuring and just don't have the anxiety that I've had with past dental work. Just moved in Vaughan and thrilled with our families new dentist and dental clinic!

Josh Katz

Dr. Pedvis and his staff are absolutely wonderful! My family and I are so happy that we have found him. He is absolutely amazing with young children. Both my kids needed work done and he was very gentle and patient. Both of them left his office happy and with great smiles! We are very happy we switched to Dr. Pedvis in Woodbridge.

Holly D.

Our Family has gone to Dr. Pedvis for over 25 years in his previous location. You are all so lucky to have him and his team to look after you in Vaughan now. I am a very complicated dental patient due to healthcare issues… I knew I was always safe with Dr. Pedvis!  I will miss your great stories, and trying not to laugh, as you work on my dental issues. Most people do not get to laugh at "The Dentist". Your new office in Woodbridge looks awesome! 

Dorothy McMahon

I have been a patient of Dr. Pedvis for 13 yrs now. He is the greatest dentist I've ever had. He's extremely gentle, listens to your concerns and is compassionate. I once emailed the woodbridge dental office with a severe toothache when it was closed. Shortly after Dr. Pedvis contacted me with my concerns, he called in a prescription for me to get me out of pain. He then took me first thing in the morning and did a root canal. I highly recommend this dental office to anybody looking for a caring dentist. Also the staff is fantastic and they truly care about you as a person.

Kimberly Oppermann

I have seen many dentists prior to Dr. Pedvis, so I believe I have ample reference points to say that Dr. Pedvis is at the top of his field. He keeps up to date with developments in the field, invests in the latest equipment for his office and is able to handle a wide variety of procedures, from simple to complex. He also maintains an equally top level network of professionals to add to his service capabilities if needed.

Christopher Omiecinski

I am pleased to share my experience I had at the office of Dr. Lloyd Pedvis. From the moment I stepped into the office, I was made to feel welcome and comfortable, by the friendly competent staff. I found the office environment very pleasant. Dr. Pedvis is an excellent dentist. He takes the time to explain every procedure, and is attentive that I was comfortable at all times.

Melissa Lombardo

Me and my family have been going to Dr. Pedvis's dental practice since 1995. He always performs excellent services, and is often available to handle emergencies. First class staff, as well. Their new location in Vaughan is stunning! Highly recommended.

Cameron A. M. Muir

Dr. Pedvis was so amazing! I can't say enough good things about him. Not only did he get me in quickly for a root canal (replying on a Sunday to my plea for help!). He was so great about addressing my pain and understanding my irrational fear. His follow up after the root canal was absolutely amazing! I was shocked at his follow through and care for his patients even after the procedure. I would recommend him to anyone in need of dental work.

Nancy B.

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