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 11, 2015
"Carla is a pleasure both personally and professionally. Time passed quickly and the work was performed to her usual high standards. Thank you Carla for a job well done."- S.E. / Demandforce / May 11, 2017
"A heartfelt thanks for working me in on a Mon am. Your team embodies exvellent customer service coupled with true compassion. Well done"- C.N. / Demandforce / May 08, 2017
"I did Invisalign through Dr. Swift and had a fantastic experience! The staff are always professional, kind, and importantly on time. I didn't have much to fix before starting treatment, but knew if I didn't get on top of it then I would need more work down the line. I am pleased with the outcome of my Invisalign treatment and would recommend it to anyone. The only people who noticed I wore the Invisalign trays are those who had it in the past."- A. / Demandforce / Apr 24, 2017
"I have been around for a long time and I have never been so impressed with Dental office. The entire staff is without a doubt the nicest and most professional I have ever had the pleasure to experience. Dr. Swift is just an angel in every way and the best dentist I have ever experienced. She is absolutely brilliant and I would recommend her highly to anyone seeking a true professional with a heart of gold. Dr. Swift and her staff have totally changed how I feel about going to the dentist. They make it a pleasurable experience."- J.T. / Demandforce / Apr 20, 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.
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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.
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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.