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About The Dental Care Center

The Dental Care Center provides General Family Dentistry and is managed by practicing partners, Dr. Stuart Higgins, Dr. George Mani, and Dr. Michael S. Watson. We have seven locations across Eastern North Carolina. This allows us to provide you and your family with convenient and timely dental care. You’ll get the same excellent care from our experienced and knowledgeable dentists and hygienists at each location. With The Dental Care Center, you get the number of locations without having to sacrifice the quality of your family’s dental health.

We offer comprehensive dental care designed to meet all of your family’s needs. Whether you need a cleaning, you’re bringing in a child for their very first visit, you’re interested in teeth whitening, or considering dental implants, we have you covered. We also specialize in same-day dentures and partials so that you can get your winning smile back as quickly as possible. We even offer emergency dental care should the need arise.

Everyone at each of our locations is dedicated to you and your family’s oral health. We provide a caring and comfortable environment so that your visit to the dentist isn’t something to be dreaded. We look forward to helping you maintain that beautiful, healthy smile!


Meet the Partners

Dr. Stuart Higgins

Dr. Stuart Higgins graduated from North Carolina State University in 1990 with a bachelor’s of science in zoology and attended UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill. Dr. Higgins has also attended the LD Pankey Institute and the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Studies.

He is a graduate of Louisburg College, North Carolina State University, and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has completed many courses in cosmetic and complex restorative dentistry.

Dr. Higgins enjoys camping, skiing and spending time with his wife, Kelley and their 3 children.


Dr. George Mani

Dr. George Mani graduated from NC State University in 1985 with a BS in Zoology; he attended the UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill from 1985-1989 and joined the US Public Health Service from 1989-1993. He returned to NC in 1993 and started his own dental practice in 1987 in Wake Forest, NC.

Dr Mani lives with his wife Shirley and two daughters Rachel and Meera. In addition to practicing dentistry, he enjoys tennis, basketball, hiking, and travel.


Dr. Michael S. Watson

Dr. Michael Watson grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 with a degree in Chemistry and received his DDS from the UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill in 1993. He completed a postgraduate training program in Esthetic Dentistry at University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1996. He has completed numerous courses at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.

He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Erin and Meredith. They also have two dogs, a German Shepherd named Trigger, and a Pekingese named Bitty Bear. He is an avid shooter and enjoys both time at the range and also first person shooter video games. The whole family are big Disney fans and love movies.