At Dallas Laser Dentistry, Dr. Mary Swift and Dr. Alana Reifer 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
"Love Dr. Swift, have been her client for 15 + years. Professional staff takes great care of my son and I. The dentist office is up to date and spotlessly clean. Would gladly recommend this practice. First class all the way."- H.F. / Facebook / Sep 26, 2019
"I LOVE THIS PLACE! I ALWAYS receive the best service. Honestly I never thought I'd look forward to going to the dentist until I found this place. The entire staff is amazing. I'm actually typing this as my numbness from my filling wears off lol Dr. Reifer and Michal made me feel so comfortable and I was kept up to date on what was happening. Also have to give a special shout-out to Carla who is my go-to when its time to go in for cleanings. I LOVE THIS STAFF! The office is so... nice and homey. I love going there, I always arrive with a smile and leave with an even bigger one. I really can't imagine going to another dentist office. Do yourself a favor, and give this place a try. I've been a patient over a year now and won't ever leave. Plus its run by a bunch of amazing boss babes, doesn't get any better than that! Thanks again ladies for all the great work!"- J.D. / Facebook / Aug 30, 2019
"I LOVE THIS PLACE! I ALWAYS receive the best service. Honestly I never thought I'd look forward to going to the dentist until I found this place. The entire staff is amazing. I'm actually typing..."- J.D. / Yahoo / Aug 30, 2019
"I only came for a consultation, but had a great experience. I wish I had gotten her name, but I believe she was an assistant (red hair) was especially nice and informative. She genuinely cared about my situation and made me feel better overall. Thank you Dallas Laser Dentistry!"- A.Q. / Yelp / Mar 19, 2019
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. Alana Reifer 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. Alana Reifer 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.