At Dallas Laser Dentistry, Dr. Mary Swift and Dr. Terrel Myers are dedicated to both preventing oral diseases and early detection of oral cancer. Our Dallas patients are checked once a year for oral cancer during their regular checkup and cleaning. Using visual and tactile methods, the dentist will examine your face, neck, lips, and mouth for any signs of disease, especially oral cancer.
"Everything went as planned. Started promptly. Procedures were explained as they were implemented."- D.M. / Demandforce / Nov 10, 2015
"You know they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well let me try NOT to use a thousand words to express my gratitude of the AMAZING job Dr. Mary Swift & her team did for my smile. Where do I start first? First of all when you first come into the office everyone & I mean everyone greets you with the utmost respect & curtesy. When I met Dr. Swift she was so thrilled to be working on my case that she already had some great ideas on how she wanted to execute getting me the best possible smile imaginable.They gave such great care & dedication in making sure my work was done effectively & efficiently that when I broke one of my temporary teeth (eating banana flavored taffy) they got me in right away to make the repairs. Dr. Swift also sent my permanent teeth back to the lab when it wasn't up to her specifications. My temporary smile looked so good that I almost didn't want to trade it in for the permanent but when I DID I couldn't do anything but cry streams of tears down my face because unlike most people I had never shown my teeth to anyone except close friends & family. The level of work that she did was so impeccable that I now can't even stop smiling. It's an extraordinary transformation from who I once was to who I am today. Getting this dental work done has truly changed my life & I will forever be grateful."- L.F. / Yelp / Jan 10, 2018
"Straightforward & fast working. Easily can got an appointment. Felt very comfortable & when you get inside the office & sit on the dental chair you feel at ease. Will be back for my crown in 2 weeks. I never dread or think of pain when I visit a dentist after my consult & procedure with Dr. Swift. Excellent service"- V.P. / ZocDoc / Jan 03, 2018
"As usual I can't say enough good things about Dallas Laser Dentistry. This is by far the best Dental Team I have ever visited counting both the US and abroad. Thank You with a big White Smile."- F.H. / Google / Nov 05, 2017
"Dr Swift and her team of professionals are fantastic! They are always polite and have a great deal of interest in my health. Scheduling is never an issue. They are great with me kids also."- T.M. / Google / Nov 05, 2017
Everyone should get an annual oral cancer exam so a diagnosis and treatment can be started as soon as possible. Both men and women get oral cancer and the mortality rate for oral cancer is 30%. Oral cancer and other oral diseases are easier to treat when detected early. Thanks to dentists like Dr. Swift and Dr. Myers who perform annual oral cancer exams on their patients, the amount of deaths from oral cancer is slowly beginning to decrease.
What to Expect
During your oral cancer exam, Dr. Swift or Dr. Myers will thoroughly inspect the inside of the mouth while wearing gloves. They will manually palpate under the tongue, under the jaw, and on the outside of the neck. Your tongue will be checked for swelling, abnormal texture, and discoloration. The dentist will check for many warning signs and let you know if additional tests are needed or you may be referred to a specialist. Patients should also answer all questions honestly to help the dentist when performing the exam.
Plan Your Procedure
Oral Cancer FAQs
During your oral cancer exam, the dentist will be looking for several signs, including sores, irritations, red or white patches, pain, tenderness, numbness, lumps, thick or rough spots, crusts, eroded areas. The dentist will also ask if you have had trouble with chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw and tongue. Patients should also tell the dentist if they have noticed a change in the way there teeth fit.
It’s estimated that 50 – 80% of the population will have the Human papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in the life. Many people have no symptoms and may not even know that they have it, but an HPV infection can increase your risk for oral cancer. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, so anyone who is sexually active should have regular oral cancer exams.
While anyone can get oral cancer, there are several factors that increase a person’s risk of getting oral cancer. Using tobacco products of any type, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, is a common cause of oral cancer. Other risk factors include excessive alcohol consumption, previous oral cancer, and significant sun exposure.