Welcome to Watts Dental located near Riverview, FL. My name is Dr. Jason Watts, and my team and I are proud and honored to be serving you and your family at our state of the art facility and within our community. To us, dentistry is a lot more than treating you as a patient, it is building a lifelong relationship. I joined this amazing profession because I want to help others overcome their fears of dentistry and give back to our community.
I am honored to personally serve Riverview and promise that at Watts Dental we will do all we can to make sure you have an outstanding visit. Our team consists of highly trained and caring personnel that are prepared to tailor to your needs and exceed your expectations. I recognize that coming to the dentist is not an easy thing to do and I applaud you for your efforts thus far. Our team at Watts Dental is dedicated to making sure you are well taken care of in a relaxed and comfortable environment, making your family dental visits as effortless and enjoyable as possible.
Riverview was founded in 1885 on the Alafia River’s north shore. However, in the 1830s settlers arrived on the south side of the river at an area formerly known as “Peru” (pronounced “Pe-Roo”) because Peru was an indigenous name for “straight part of the river”. Peru existed for nearly 100 years and was one of the oldest settlements in central Florida. It wasn’t until the 1940s that Riverview absorbed Peru, and now claims the south side of the Alafia River. The Peruvian Mining Company, which mined phosphate from the Alafia, took its name from the settlement. The term “Alafia” is translated as “River of Fire” due to the phosphorus on the early riverbottom glowing at night.
The area’s first school was built in 1893, inside the Peru Baptist Church. The area called Riverview began to be populated on the north side of the river. The two communities were connected by a river ferry. Soon after, a bridge was constructed from sections of a bridge that once spanned the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. The post office periodically was moved from the Riverview side to the Peru side of the river and back, causing much tension. The Riverview name eventually came into usage in the early 1940s by the post office to relieve just such confusion with the mail. Peru has disappeared from all but the earliest maps. Some of Peru’s or Riverview’s settlers include the Barnes, Bourgees, Boyettes, Brandons, Buzbees, Hackneys, Hancocks, Hartleys, Mansfields, Moodys, Simmons, Scotts, Symmes, Topes, Thompsons, Whitts, and the Yeomans. The area founded by the Boyette family is now the community of Boyette, located in the eastern part of the Riverview CDP.
Riverview is located southeast of the center of Hillsborough County. The Alafia River flows through the northern part of the CDP and forms part of its northeastern border, separating Riverview from Bloomingdale to the northeast. Other neighboring communities, all unincorporated, are Brandon to the north, Palm River-Clair Mel to the northwest, Progress Village and Gibsonton to the west, Apollo Beach to the southwest, Balm to the south, and FishHawk to the east.
Interstate 75 forms the western edge of the Riverview CDP, with access from Exits 246, 250, 254, and 256. U.S. Route 301 runs through the western side of the CDP, parallel to I-75 and through the original settlement of Riverview at the Alafia River. Downtown Tampa is 12 miles (19 km) to the northwest via US-301 and the Selmon Expressway.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Riverview CDP has a total area of 48.0 square miles (124.3 km2), of which 46.2 square miles (119.6 km2) are land and 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2), or 3.72%, are water.
The first commercial poultry farm in Florida was established by Emmet and Myrtle Tope in Riverview in 1921.
Have you ever found yourself with concerns or in sudden pain and in need of a dentist at the most inopportune times? We welcome walk-ins, but if the office is not open at that very moment, we offer a 24/7 emergency service that is ready and waiting to field your calls. At Watts Dental, we will get back to you right away, that’s a promise!
Growing within the community of Riverview and becoming service oriented is one of our missions and core values. We look forward to getting involved in schools and service events to help educate and support the community’s growth and development in any way we can. Our team is committed to “Paying-It-Forward” to our patients and our community in any way we can.