Dr. Clint Fulks was drawn to dentistry for the long-term relationships cultivated by the profession. Initially, he had an interest in science and medicine. The field of dentistry was specifically chosen for the personalized and continued care afforded to patients.
Fulks practiced as an associate in Maumelle for three years after graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2005. Three years later, he and his wife, Hannah, were looking for a place to start a practice from scratch. They searched multiple locations, decided to make Benton home and opened the family dentistry practice in October 2008.
“We have grown to love this area and truly feel like we are a part of this community,” he said.
Fulks Family Dentistry, located at 1200 Ferguson Drive, treats families and patients of all ages. As a general dentist, Dr. Fulks offers cosmetic, preventative, periodontal therapy, crown and bridgework, dental implants, dentures and partials.
Originally from Beebe, Fulks began college with intentions of majoring in elementary education. Upon entering Ouachita Baptist University, he was ready to implement that plan. “I wanted to be a grade school teacher; however, my best friend, who is now a radiologist, encouraged me to switch majors weeks before classes began and I guess, you could say, the rest is history.”
At Ouachita, Fulks discovered his passion for the natural sciences, particularly biology and chemistry. “I was attracted to dentistry because of the blend of art and science, and as a bonus, I enjoy the long-term relationships dentistry offers.”
At the University of Tennessee, where he earned his doctorate of dental surgery, Fulks graduated with honors and was the president of his graduating class.
Dr. Fulks and Hannah have three boys, Pratt, 7, Max, 5, and Whit, 8 months. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Benton and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Fulks is a member of the Saline County Executive Association and a member of the Arkansas State Dental Association. He is the Arkansas administrator for Smile Source, a co-op of individually owned private dental offices.
The mission of Smile Source is to strengthen privately owned dental practices, Fulks explained. Over the past several years there has been much growth with corporate or chain dental offices and Fulks believes there are many patient benefits in the private practice model.
“As the owner of my practice, I feel I am invested in my community. My desire is to raise my family and spend my entire career here in Saline County. This means I will make treatment decisions for my patients based on what I think is best for the long term. If I do a filling on Jim, I hope to be checking that same filling 10 years from now and I want to be proud of what I see. I have total autonomy to make clinical decisions based on what I think is best for my patients without any interference from a corporate owner. These things are important to me as a clinician.”
Fulks credits the success of his practice to his staff. The practice will be eight years old in October and most team members have been with him for five or more years. “I really believe my office is successful because of my staff. They truly care about our patients and help make my job easy.”
Fulks prides his staff on providing “top quality dental services in a caring, comfortable environment with the most up-to-date, modern, high-tech equipment.”
Another personal touch of his practice is the website’s blog, fulksfamilydentistry.com/blog/. The blog offers unique dental news, bringing to the forefront important oral issues. Topics include things like knowing the risks of oral piercings, snacking tips to keep children’s smiles healthy, and how certain drinks and chewing gum could affect your teeth.
Future plans for Fulks Family Dentistry include breaking ground on a new office building before the end of the year. The practice has outgrown its current space. “We look forward to having a larger, newer office to better care for our existing patients and allow our practice continued growth,” he said.
Dr. David Ouellette has been providing comprehensive family dentistry care in Saline County for nearly two decades. Inspired by the work of his father, Dr. Dave Ouellette, who practiced in North Little Rock for almost 25 years, he followed in his father’s footsteps and aspired to practice dentistry.
A North Little Rock native, Dr. Ouellette attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and received his undergraduate degree in 1995. He began his practice in Bryant in 1999 following graduation from Dental School at the University of Tennessee.
In 2004, Dr. Ouellette relocated his practice to Saline County’s historic Andrew Hunter House, a treasured 1830‘s home on the National Historic registry. The homey atmosphere of the office makes his patients feel at home and puts them at ease.
Dr. Ouellette is thankful for the team that surrounds him. “I am very fortunate to have a wonderful, caring staff,” says Dr. Ouellette. “They are always eager to help our patients and are excellent at putting people at ease to make sure their visit is pleasant. We are like a family. We are also very lucky to have Max Slatton as the grounds-keeper of our office. He has been taking care of every aspect of the property for the past seven years.”
With a passion for life-long learning, Dr. Ouellette continues his education on the latest techniques in orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. His practice was one of the first in Saline County to use digital radiography. His office strives to provide quality dental services in a caring, comfortable environment with modern, state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge procedures. He is a member of the Central Arkansas Dental Society, the Arkansas State Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, and the Academy of General Practitioners Orthodontic Society.
He lives in Bryant with his wife and two children. Dr Ouellette is an avid duck & turkey hunter. He loves watching his daughter, Grace, cheer for Bryant High School, coaching his son, Luke’s football team and calling the Hogs.
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