We provide all phases of pediatric dental care beginning with educating the parent and the child on tooth development, diet, and dental habits and how all contribute to your child’s dental future. We also offer behavior management options to help your child during more extensive treatment.
Dr. Russell (known by her patients as Dr. Lex) believes that every child should have positive dental experiences that formulate positive oral habits. It is for this reason that Dr. Lex is so passionate about pediatric dentistry. Dr. Lex is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University. Upon graduating she returned to New Orleans because of the positive impact the city has had on her life. She completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and is ecstatic to bring the most current technology and techniques in behavioral management, conscious sedation, aesthetic pediatric dentistry and trauma management back to the children of the city she loves. Dr Lex understands a child’s hesitation with the dentist and works to allay each child’s anxieties to make every visit a positive experience. Dr. Lex is a board member for Breakthrough NOLA, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association. In her spare time, she enjoys spending precious moments with her husband, Dr. Shelton, and four beautiful children.
Dr. Lex, supported by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that a dental home be established by a child’s first birthday. The first visit is an opportunity to establish care, meet the dental team, and familiarize yourself with the office. There will be conversations about your child’s medical history, habits (which may include sleep habits, finger-sucking habits, pacifier usage, etc), diet, and depending on the age, teething, baby bottle tooth decay, infant feeding practices, and more. It is important to relay any dental anxieties that you as the parent may have and it is encouraged to refrain from phrases that may incite fears in the child. If the child is old enough, prior to the 1 st visit, it is encouraged that the parent has a conversation with their child about what to expect. There are books that go over what to expect at the dental office. This way the child will feel more prepared about what to expect. It is important to refrain from words such as “needle”, “shot”, “pull”, “drill” or “hurt”.
The first visit often lasts 30 to 45 minutes. Depending on your child's age, the visit may include a full exam of the teeth, jaws, bite, gums, and oral tissues to check growth and development. If needed, your child may also have a gentle cleaning. This includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque, tartar, and stains. The dentist may show you and your child proper home cleaning such as flossing, and advise you on the need for fluoride. Depending on your child’s age, x-rays may be recommended to diagnose decay. X-rays are also used to see if the root of a jammed baby tooth may be affecting an adult tooth.
In comparison to a general dentist, a pediatric dentist is a specialist in identifying, treating, maintaining and guiding the growth and development of children from infancy through adolescence. The pediatric specialist has completed an extra 2 years of training to prepare for the individual needs of children, including those with special healthcare needs. Board certification credentials is the most prestigious designation awarded within this field. We work closely with pediatricians, ENTs, lactation consultants, and other dental specialists in order to provide the most comprehensive care for a child’s development.
Please read some of our reviews from our happy kidz and parents! These reviews confirm just how amazing Dr. Lex is!
Always a good time at Tulane Family Dentistry! The staff is friendly and greets everyone with a smile! They got my very busy 2 year old to cooperate with enjoying the cleaning and exam. He was so proud of his clean teeth after, and showed them to everyone he met! Dr. Shelton and his staff are the best!
I have been coming here since my daughter was born. They are nice and friendly people. They make you feel welcome and comfortable all the time. Keep up the good work.
Dr. Russell is an awesome pediatric dentist! My daughter felt super comfortable & very cooperative because Dr. Russell's calming approach helped keep her cool. Thanks to the whole staff who was extremely inviting and nice to my kids! Will definitely recommend Dr. Russell, Dr. Shelton, & their staff to other family and friends! #Impressed #Pleased #Satisfied
I absolutely recommend Tulane Family Dentistry. I am a conscious mom and had a unique request from Dr Russell about an alternative treatment and she graciously accommodated me and my little guys. Dr Russell and her staff are amazing! They are warm and welcoming and spend time educating you about your child and what to expect. My son Ethan loves going to see Dr Russell and her staff and says that he can not wait to go back because they are so cool.
My boys (4 & 2) and I love Tulane Family dentistry. The team provides a thorough cleaning and exam. The boys and I are comfortable and at ease as the team explains what is happening while they clean the boys teeth. My boys leave happy because the visit was fun.
My 11 and 8 year olds had a phenomenal visit. Dr. Alexis and her entire team were incredibly supportive and patient with my youngest who refused to sit in the dentist chair out of fear. By the end he was happy we went to get his teeth cleaned. We had a wonderful experience today.
My 2 grandchildren are 10 and 4 yrs. old had their teeth clean this week. Plus the youngest had another procedure done also. They both always have positive things to say about their visit. The staff is great with the children and adults. And that's important to us. We want to have a pleasant and comfortable experience at the dentist. The youngest always wants to go back to the dentist. When she's finished, she said Grandma I did GREAT! That makes me know we are in the right place. Thanks Dr. Lex and the rest of the staff.