Currently in its sixth year, Watauga Dental Center provides a wide range of comprehensive dental services.
By Drs. Clayton and Angel Mullins
With the recent closing of the Sullivan County Health Department Children’s Dental Clinic, many parents in Northeast Tennessee may not realize there is a place to go for their children’s dental needs. Watauga Dental Center is here to meet those needs.
Watauga Dental Center was originally opened in May 2006 by Drs. Clayton and Angel Mullins specifically to serve the dental needs of patients with TennCare and Virginia Smiles for Children. The practice has grown to include CoverKids, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Delta Dental, and most other insurances as well. Providing dental services for all ages, children and adults, Watauga Dental Center makes it possible for families with multiple insurance carriers to all be able to come to the same location for treatment.
Both natives of the Tri-Cities, the doctors purchased the dental practice of James Elliott, DDS, 20 years ago upon Dr. Elliott’s retirement. They have practiced at the same Kingsport location, at 613 Watauga Street, since 1992. They acquired the office space next door when it became available, and that made it possible to open the clinic in conjunction with their existing private practice.
Currently in its sixth year, Watauga Dental Center provides a wide range of comprehensive dental services including cleanings, exams, cancer screenings, x-rays, sealants, restorative procedures and fillings, teeth whitening, crowns, root canals, extractions, implant services, partials and dentures.
They have open appointments on a daily basis and can generally accommodate a new patient the same day. Emergency care is generally available the same day as well, and the clinic also provides after-hours emergency services as needed for its patients. The clinic currently has four dentists and five dental hygienists on staff, as well as 14 auxiliary staff members, to make this all possible.
With the possible links between dental disease and systemic disease, such as heart disease and diabetes, early diagnosis and treatment of dental disease is necessary to maintain one’s overall health. Continuing care appointments are scheduled, not just to clean your teeth but, to help prevent and control disease. Early diagnosis and treatment provides for the most conservative treatment, which is also the most cost effective and least invasive.
It is very important for parents with young children to schedule an oral assessment to address oral hygiene, dietary needs and possible harmful habits. The best treatment is prevention, and the doctors recommend a child’s first assessment be done when the first teeth appear or before 12 months of age. Starting early is the key to a lifetime of good dental health.
Watauga Dental Center is always accepting new patients and is committed to doing everything possible to provide patients with high quality, state-of-the-art dental care and also to make a patient’s visit as pleasant and as comfortable as possible.
Watauga Dental Center is located at 613 Watauga Street, Suite D, in Kingsport, next to P&S Pharmacy. To schedule an appointment, please call 423-245-1010.comments powered by Disqus