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Dr. Alix H. Sanders, Jr., DDS

Dr. Sanders has been practicing dentistry in the Metroplex for the past 12 years. When he was a child, his pediatric dentist had a great chairside manner making every visit feel more like visiting a friend than going to a healthcare appointment. Later, when he attended boarding school, he was paired with a dentist in a mentor program. Shadowing him cemented the idea. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and then his dental degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.

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Dr. Sanders is most passionate about educating patients. He believes that most patients fall into one of two categories in dentistry. Those who manage their oral hygiene well and those who do not. Often times, he finds that the latter don't value oral hygiene enough because they don't understand the importance oral health has on their overall health, communication, and psyche. Getting patients to change their habits relating to their oral hygiene usually requires getting patients to understand the adverse effects of their current behavior compared to the benefits of altering.

Dr. Sanders shares that he enjoys building relationships with both patients and staff through effective communication which is the foundation of any healthy relationship. He always says that team chemistry is essential to providing effective dental care for patients. Without the entire team operating in concert - from well-informed and welcoming faces who greet patients to the friendly and knowledgeable assistant who leads you through the dental visit to the sociable and effective hygienist whom most patients will interact with more than the dentist during routine dental care. Without all of these team members pooling our efforts, we couldn't possibly be the dental office we strive for, he says.

When he’s not working, Dr. Sanders enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Tanaya C. Sanders, DDS and their daughter, Taylor. He enjoys music and recently started taking bass guitar lessons. Usually, later in the year, you can find him at a tree stand somewhere between East Texas and Mississippi. He volunteers as a mentor for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated Kappa League. Kappa League is a program for the educational, occupational, and social guidance of male students in grades 6-12. It was designed to help young men grow, receive and develop their leadership talents in every phase of human endeavor.

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What brought you to Keller, TX? As the phrase goes, "Happy wife... happy life." I moved to the DFW area in 2006 because my wife is from Lancaster. After dental school graduation, we moved here from Tennessee with the understanding that we would try North Texas for five years then reevaluate our decision. Over a decade later, we are both happy we chose to move here.
Toothpaste of choice? I usually switch products every few months in an attempt to try the most options. I'm a firm believer that the toothpaste one uses is less important than the technique used when brushing.
Favorite floss flavor? Unwaxed, unflavored.

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The staff at Highland Oaks Family Dentistry are so friendly and helpful. I've had some extensive work done there and they've treated me so gently. I like having a dentist that cares about me!

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-I was Recommended by a long time friend that works there (Selena) as she knew I was struggling to find dental care that was affordable but I also have a fear of getting work done. The facility is extremely clean and the staff was super nice. I have difficult work that needed to be completed and they were so patient with me it made me feel very comfortable. Highland Oaks will be my preferred Dentistry from now on!

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