Dr. 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 thought about what I might want to do for a career, I majored in biology at Sanford University; and a major in biology is going to kind of lead you down the path of health care or teaching or research. Teaching and research were not on my radar at all, so I investigated medicine and optometry and dentistry and thought what I might like to do in health care, and I had had such expose and good experience in dentistry, I thought let me spend some time there.
So I shadowed several dentists throughout college and thought this is a good fit for me - it’s working with people directly, one on one, to help them solve whatever problem they may present with; you get to work with your hands. And I really enjoy being a general dentist because I have no idea what is coming in the door tomorrow. It could be making a denture or braces or crowns or toothaches and abscesses. So I really enjoy the variety of helping people solve all those different problems.
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 was born right here in Clearwater, Florida and I can’t tell you what fun it is to be able to treat my family and friends. I moved home after dental school and there is not a day or a week that goes by that I don’t see someone I grew up with, or someone that I’ve known from church, or I see that has known my family for years. My family moved to Clearwater in the 1960’s, so my roots here are deep, and it really is a lot of fun to be a professional in my hometown.
While in college, I decided I was going to major in biology. Biology gave me an entrance into the healthcare field and that’s where I felt I belonged. So after getting my degree in biology from Sanford University, I attended the University of Alabama Dental School and had a great eight years in Birmingham. I graduated from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 2003 and I was very excited to move back home to Clearwater and start my career here at Clearwater Dental Associates.
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.