Jamie J. Alexander, D.D.S., and his team have expertise in the oral health needs of our Boynton Beach and Delray Beach area neighbors throughout all phases of their life. We care for all ages of patients, including the children of our adult patients.
Now is the perfect time to schedule summer dental cleanings and checkups for the entire family. Call for an appointment so your six-month preventive care is taken care of during the long school break and accommodates your summer vacations. If you are a parent with children, ask yourself if you have been neglecting your own oral health needs while being consumed with the care of your kids’ needs. We know you are busy, so we will do all we can to help you schedule a time that is best for you. We carefully schedule patients so they can be seen promptly.
Twice-yearly checkups are important because changes can occur in oral health over a period of a few months. “When a patient comes in for their checkup, we spend time talking about changes they may have noticed,” says Dr. Alexander, and we compare the tracked depth of gum pockets, annual X-rays, intraoral photos, and other notes in the patient record to see if changes have occurred since the last visit. Often a patient will have noticed something at home in the mirror or felt a change in their bite, tooth sensitivity, or gum tissue. We’ll discuss this and together develop a plan to solve any problems as early as we can. As a rule, the sooner a problem is identified, the less treatment it will require.”
One Baby Boomer found it easy to accept the recommendation to see a local specialist in periodontics. “I could see recession occurring around my lower central incisors. I didn’t have a gum infection or even deep gum pockets, it was just the result of natural aging. One night I was using a new toothbrush and it easily cut the thin gum tissue there. I took a hard look and I could see those incisors looked too long compared to adjacent teeth. I was thankful my regular cleaning and exam were scheduled for the next week. When my yearly X-rays were taken, we looked at last year’s X-rays and intraoral photos. I could see a difference. My lower central incisors aren’t loose. I don’t have gum disease, but I now know I am at risk of a periodontal problem occurring there. I will see the periodontist and go from there. Saving my teeth and smile is very important to me!”
A young mother, whose family comes to us, has a different story to tell. “I know I should have been more proactive with helping my young son brush his teeth. He had had topical fluoride applied at his last dental cleaning and exam, so I didn’t worry. But, at his six-month checkup, it became clear that enamel erosion was occurring on some of his teeth. When Dr. Alexander showed me on the computer screen what was happening and where I vowed to do everything I could to stop this erosion. With the recommendations of Dr. Alexander and his hygienists, Tammy and Vicki, I am on top of twice-daily brushing and flossing, using a remineralization toothpaste, and eliminating almost all sugar and acidic drinks from his diet. I’ve scheduled my son for another visit in three months instead of six, just to make sure we are on the right track. When I was a child, I had to have fillings, and to this day, I dread the possibility of developing a cavity. My son’s teeth are precious to me.”
These are just two examples of how staying on top of your (and your family’s) oral health–with regular twice-a-year visits, leads to early diagnosis of issues that can be treated easiest when caught early.