The only pediatric dentistry practice in the Batesville area has opened to busy business: Tooth Be Told, located just off Harrison at 930 15th St.
Tooth Be Told has seen about 750 patients — kids from their first tooth to those that are 18 years old, according to Dr. Lesley Milton, who opened the practice on June 18. It’s the only pediatric dentistry practice in the area.
A 2007 graduate of Wynne High School and a 2011 graduate of Lyon College with high honors, Milton graduated from the University of Tennessee at Memphis dental school and obtained her pediatric dentistry specialty after a two-year hospital-based residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Penn.
Milton told White River Now a return to Batesville was always on her mind.
“I always had the idea,” she said, “but the push came from my husband’s relative, Dennis Moore with UAMS in Batesville. He kept sending me pictures of possible buildings and then Dr. David Bell decided to sell and here I am.”
Bell’s former building has been completely renovated with state of the art equipment. Monitors enable children to see their favorite TV shows from the waiting room to the dental chair.
Tooth Be Told offers in-office sedation as well as total sedation at White River Medical Center where Milton has credentials.
“Most children can use in-office sedation,” she said, “but there are over 30 on the current list to go to the hospital which alleviates a traumatic experience.
“An example would be a child who might have 20 cavities with 20 teeth.”
Milton has had a busy few months. In addition to the opening of the practice, she married Drew Williams this past Saturday. Williams flies for Wilkerson Jewelry in Stuttgart. Wilkerson is the largest jewelry liquidator in North America.
From left: Drew Milton, office manager of Tooth Be Told, and Dr. Lesley Milton
And, keeping it in the family, Tooth Be Told’s office manager is Drew Milton, the doctor’s brother. He moved from northwest Arkansas to assist his sister.
“We’ll have two Drews in the family, my brother and my husband,” said Milton.
Hygienist Ashley Beaird-Andrews met Milton at Lyon College and also graduated with high honors in 2013. From Malden, Mo., Beaird-Andrews graduated from UAMS dental hygiene school in 2016 and worked about a year in Russellville with corporate dentistry.
Tooth Be Told accepts most major insurances as well as both Medicaids. It also provides bilingual services. For more information, visit their Facebook page or website: ToothBeToldBatesville.com. The phone number is (870) 262-8118.
The ‘Tooth Be Told’ staff, pictured from left to right: Dr. Lesley Milton, Crystal Cardona, Ashley Beaird-Andrews, Drew Milton, Jan Webb, and Sondra Webb