When asked what he enjoys most about dentistry, Dr. Tom Mims says it’s the people he works with and treats.
He starts each day with one goal in mind: to improve every patient’s dental health in a meaningful way and in an environment that is friendly and enjoyable. He particularly loves the practice of general dentistry because of the wide variety of services he is able to provide for his patients.
His love for dentistry began as a child while going to dental appointments. The son of a U.S. Air Force veteran, he saw the world and visited many dentists in the towns near where his father was stationed. He always was fascinated by the dental experience, as well as the dentists’ chemistry kits and tools.
The best part of general dentistry is the many different services we can offer patients to build confidence and create a healthier, more beautiful smile.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Dr. Mims went on to earn his doctor of medical dentistry degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry (now Georgia Health Sciences University) in 1975.
He entered private practice as an associate in Young Harris, Georgia in 1975. After recognizing a growing need for dentistry services just across the state line, the Murphy dentist moved his practice there in 1988.
Dr. Mims built his practice around the cornerstone of periodontal health. He has been an innovator in treating gum disease, and has practiced nonsurgical periodontal therapy since the early 1980s.
Dr. Mims is married to Gretchen, and together they have five children: Robiyn, Matthew, Bryan, Shawn, and Randall. The couple lives in nearby Brasstown and they attend Little Brasstown Baptist Church.
Over the years, Dr. Mims’ interests have included leadership positions with a local Boy Scout Troop, camping, horseback riding, boating, swimming, snow skiing and flying. He flies an airplane that he built himself.