Archive for April 2014

Signs & Symptoms of a Stressed-Out Smile

Springfield, MO – Stress is a fact of life. We often cannot escape overwhelming feelings when it comes to work, traveling, lack of time and sleep, diet, or relationships. But these feelings can take a toll on us in many ways. Stress affects our mental health and our physical health, including the mouth, gums, and teeth.

Dr. Marc Barnett agrees that too much stress can lead to depression and anxiety. “When people are depressed, they often do not take care of themselves, as they should. This can lead to many problems pertaining to the mouth,” says Dr. Barnett, an Ozark dentist who specializes in smile makeovers in the Springfield area.

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Nick Matthews Named a ‘20 under 30

Dr. Nick Matthews Congratulations to our very own Dr. Nick Matthews! Dr. Matthews was recently honored in our local magazine, 417, as one of their “20 under 30.” Dr. Matthews is a member of The American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, Greater Springfield Dental Society and Pierre Fauchard Academy, and a Fellow of the International Dental Implant Association.

Dr. Matthews graduated with honors in endodontics from the University of Missouri–Kansas City in 2012, and he was immediately brought on as our fourth dentist here at Excel Dental. He is always seeking out additional certifications to keep our practice up to date, and he volunteers monthly at The Kitchen Dental Clinic. Dr. Matthews was honored in part because of his work helping Springfield’s underprivileged overcome dental pain from abscessed teeth. Dr. Matthews says, “Pain from these types of odontogenic infections can be debilitating, even preventing these people from working or eating. Hopefully, with our care, they can forget about pain and infection, and focus on bettering their lives.”