Matthew R. Burton, DMD
I am a Clearwater native and a proud graduate of Clearwater High School. My family has lived in Clearwater since the early 1960s. When I was eleven I started coming as a patient to CDA. I remember being terrified of getting the “shot!” Much to my surprise I didn’t feel anything! I am forever grateful to that dentist, Dr. David Bassett, for giving me such great care and introducing me to dentistry.
When I was in high school I attended a meeting for high school students who were interested in pursuing dentistry as a career; my positive experiences with dentistry made an impact on me and I knew that was what I wanted to do for a career.
I received a BS in Biology from Samford College in Birmingham Alabama and in 2003 I graduated from the University Of Alabama School Of Dentistry. After graduation I returned home to Clearwater and joined the group at CDA.
In addition to learning from my colleagues I have made a strong commitment to dental continuing education. I feel an obligation to my patients to provide them with the best possible care I can. I consider my philosophy to be patient centered. For me that means helping patients receive the dental treatment they want and need. Whether patients are in pain, want to improve their oral health, or improve their appearance we attempt to really understand their situation and together we create a plan to accomplish their goal.
I am an active member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Florida Dental Association. I am proud to regularly volunteer my time at two local clinics, The Community Dental Clinic and Gulf Coast Dental Outreach. These clinics are for patients who are unable to afford dental care and they meet a great need in our community.
Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, playing golf and scuba diving. My wife, Sherrie Lynn and I were married in 2008. We welcomed our first daughter, Liliana in 2011 and our second daughter, Anabelle in 2013.