Alex H. Thanh, DMD (referred to by his patients as Dr. Alex), is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry, where he also went on to train an additional two years in pediatric dentistry. Before that, Dr. Alex earned his bachelor’s degree in Zoology at the University of Florida - making him a triple gator! During his time in dental school, he cultivated his passion for pediatric dentistry by organizing overseas mission trips to treat underserved children and even now continues to spend his free time volunteering. In residency, Dr. Alex was trained in a number of different restorative procedures with adjunctive use of nitrous oxide, and also a strong emphasis in training under IV sedation alongside a number of different pediatric anesthesiologists. Dr. Alex is a strong advocate for prevention and education, but understands that when treatment is needed it should be done in the safest and least traumatic manner possible - which is why he takes his training in sedation dentistry very seriously, regularly keeping up with emergency training and airway management.
Dr Alex was born right here in Orlando, FL at Florida Hospital on Rollins and was raised in west Orlando where he attended St. Andrew’s Catholic School (Go Spartans!) and Olympia High School (Go Titans!). After spending years touring the state of Florida from Gainesville to Naples, FL - he’s beyond excited to be back home in Central Florida, serving the very community he grew up in surrounded by all of his family and childhood friends. In his free time he loves to cheer on his beloved Gators, the Orlando Magic, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dr. Alex is an avid hiker and has set a goal to travel to all the national parks in the United States. His favorite so far is Glacier National Park!
Why did you become a pediatric dentist?
"I could spend all day answering this question! But if we’re talking about my inspiration to become a pediatric dentist, I would say it was ultimately because of my mom; not because she was a dentist, but because of how she raised my brother and me. When I first started in the dental field and learned about the extensive damage cavities could do in the mouth, I could NOT personally relate because I’ve never had a cavity. The more I learned, the more I realized that my mom was the reason I was so fortunate!
Growing up in Vietnam, my mom didn’t have the same access to dental care and nutrition we did growing up in Florida. She grew up with tons of cavities and decided that she didn’t want that for my brother and me. For as long as I could remember, she was always adamant about taking us to our 6 month check-ups and never missed an appointment. She followed every recommendation from our dentist. Every morning and night, she would have the toothbrush and toothpaste ready at the sink making sure we took care of our oral hygiene. Because of her, we were taught a lifetime of healthy habits long before we could even appreciate and learn the true benefits.
In dental school, I naturally gravitated towards pediatric dentistry because I found myself to be living proof of the concepts emphasized in this field - Education and Prevention! Now I feel that life has come full circle, because as a pediatric dentist I have the opportunity to teach children and their families about the importance of healthy habits and prevention - just like how my own mom taught me."