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Many patients are surprised at the large amount of surface area that we examine during an oral exam. At every hygiene visit, we examine all the tissues of your mouth, including gums, cheeks, lips, tongue, and jaw.

It is just as important to have regular soft tissue screenings as it is to have a professional dental cleaning.
Oral cancer can afflict anyone, although tobacco users put themselves at a significantly higher risk than non-users. Chewing tobacco has up to 3000 different chemicals, including the same compounds used in pesticides and embalming fluid.

Cellular changes below the surface aren’t always detectable until they’ve advanced to a critical stage.Early detection and treatment of oral cancer can significantly increase your chances of a quick and complete recovery. The American Cancer Society reports that about 7,000 deaths result from oral cancer out of 30,000 cases diagnosed annually.

 If we suspect any unusual changes in your mouth tissue, we may suggest a biopsy and microscopic analysis by a qualified lab.

Many other non-cancerous changes can occur in your mouth’s tissue, from oral warts to autoimmune lesions. Our doctors draw on their background in oral pathology to evaluate any abnormalities and determine the best course of treatment.

We understand tobacco holds strong addictive powers over even the most health-conscious people. If you’re determined to quit, we want to support you in your efforts. Talk to your hygienist or our doctors about the strategies and resources we have available so you can kick the habit.

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‘‘ Dr. Logan Callier and the team at North Texas Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are outstanding! The office staff is extremely welcoming and warm, and I could not be more impressed by the level of care I received. It is obvious that Dr. Callier takes great pride in his work, and I feel very fortunate to be one of his patients.’’
J Hill


More in-depth oral cancer screenings can involve the patient rinsing their mouth with blue dye to make any unusual cells more visible. Additionally, the dentist may choose to shine a light in the patient’s mouth during the exam. This light will “highlight” abnormal tissue by making it appear white.
Low knowledge/social attention, lack of resources, and fear/defensive avoidance emerged as independent barriers to oral cancer screening, with the latter two barriers accounting for the most variance in intentions to get screened.
There was also a 26% reduction in mortality in the screened group (relative risk [RR], 0.74; CI, 0.72–0.77) and a reduction in incidence of oral cancer in subsequent screens (133.4 per 100,000 compared with 190.9 per 100,00 in the nonscreened group).

Tobacco use is one of the strongest risk factors for head and neck cancers, including oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer. The risk for these cancers is much higher in people who smoke than in people who don’t.


A healthy smile is a beautiful smile.