As the owner and dentist at Country Lakes Family Dentistry, Dr. Matthew Artho is a picture of optimism when it comes to the future of dentistry. As he says, the future looks bright — and he’s not overstating that, either. Having served the Argyle and surrounding communities since 2012, we caught up with Dr. Matt as he reflected on the multiple encounters he’s experienced with patients that indicate an increasingly positive outlook in the dental world.
“More and more, I hear patients making comments like ‘Dentistry is so much better than it used to be,’ or ‘I actually enjoy my dental appointments’, or ‘My kids love going to the dentist’,” Dr. Matt says.
Giving credit to improved technology and materials, Dr. Matt explains that dentistry is moving away from past perceptions and into a new generation of dental patients that come to expect comfort and convenience.
However, for Country Lakes Family Dental, much of that credit goes not just to their technologically advanced practice, but to the exceptional staff, as well. Dr. Matt possesses a healthy resume that parallels his dental abilities. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. Matt received a degree in Electrical Engineering, where he pursued a career at Texas Instruments. He attributes this experience to his “techy side” allowing him to easily gain skills with new and upcoming dental technology. Earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at Texas A&M College of Dentistry in 2011, Dr. Matt extended his stay to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency, where he acquired advanced training in cosmetic and surgical procedures. He particularly benefits from this residency as he’s able to expertly help patients who require entire mouth restorative and cosmetic work, including implants and veneers.
Dr. Matt has also received additional training in orthodontics for both adults and children with traditional brackets and Invisalign treatment. His consistency in education earned him a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, a distinction achieved by only 7% of general dentists nationwide. An esteemed patriot, Dr. Matt also served 10 years in the Army National Guard with a final rank of Major, another experience he credits for appreciating leadership and service.
Of course, a family practice is best served by those who know family, and Dr. Matt knows family as a current husband of 18 years and father of nine children! Those who know Dr. Matt knows he is a strong believer that varying life experiences and education have numerous benefits, and as the cover photo suggests, he is currently working to obtain his pilot license as he strives to relate to his many aviation patients and learn alongside his oldest son.
Practicing with Dr. Matt is Dr. Lauren Smits, also a resident of Argyle. She joined the practice in 2020 and brings the skills and personality that make her a perfect fit for the team. A graduate of the University Notre Dame, Dr. Lauren received her dental degree from Indiana University of Dental School. On par with their focus on family, Dr. Lauren is a wife of 10 years with three children. In addition to her heart of gold, Dr. Lauren is a queen of technology. Her experience with digital impression and digital crown fabrication services patients seamlessly with same day crowns. Her mothering charm is a benefit to her pediatric patients along with her technical skills when combined with laser restorative treatment, a new procedure that allows fillings to be completed without anesthetic. Dr. Lauren, too, is a believer in the importance of education and consistently attends continuing education to learn new procedures and techniques.
Of course, in taking dentistry to new heights, the team at Country Lakes Family Dental also strives to “elevate the atmosphere.” From the first greeting to the final goodbye, the team’s focus is service first. Because they hold dear to a family environment, the staff maintains a constant goal to make patients feel at home with welcoming and cheerful attitudes. In addition, the tenure of the team reflects their knowledge of dental procedures and insurance guidance.
What undoubtedly makes Country Lakes Family Dental a level higher is their obvious versatility. There is very little that they do not offer in dental procedures, treating patients from pediatric to geriatric and perfecting treatments from dental implants, cosmetics and tissue surgeries to endodontics, orthodontics, and full mouth restorations. The noticeably advanced digital equipment and materials of the office only add to the ease and comfort, as well as the accuracy of the care. Additionally, with dental insurance recently being an ever-changing incongruity, the staff not only offers a strong knowledge base for insurance verification and filing but also provided patients with their VIP plan: an in-office loyalty program that rivals most dental insurances with better benefits and flexibility that only the practice could provide.
The sky is the limit for Dr. Matt, Dr. Lauren, and the team at Country Lakes Family Dental. Needless to say, if you have not experienced the great care of Country Lakes Family Dentistry, just ask your neighbor. They will let you know just how “uplifting” it is!
photography by Miranda Longoria Photography | Airplane courtesy of Mike Ciaccio