Meet Matt Safari, DDS

Dr. Safari’s philosophy on treating children and those with special needs is to treat the whole person, not just the teeth. He believes the only way in which we can be successful in developing a healthy generation of children who are free of dental disease is by establishing good preventative and comprehensive oral care while building self-confidence in each child. Using a gentle approach, treatments are broken into small steps to acclimate very young children. Parents are encouraged to stay with children during the exams and treatment to facilitate open communication, and they are frequently amazed by what Dr. Safari can accomplish while treating even the most reluctant patients. His impressive clinical, academic, and research accomplishments are complemented by his warm, enthusiastic personality.

Outside of the office, Dr. Safari enjoys spending time with his wife Dr. Sally, and their 4 daughters Sara, Ava Johanna, and Farrah. He is also an avid racquetball and soccer player.


Dr. Safari attended the University of Houston, majoring in Chemistry. He was awarded a 4-year chancellor scholarship to attend the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry where he received a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery and also received pediatric clinical Honors recognition. He then went on to complete his Pediatric Dentistry Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Omaha, Nebraska where he was also Chief Resident. He has presented several papers and presentations involving different syndromes with orofacial abnormalities.

Dr. Safari was selected by his peers as New Jersey's Top Pediatric Dentist in 2010 through 2021. Dr. Safari was chosen by New Jersey Family Magazine readers as an exceptional pediatric healthcare professional/Favorite Kids’ Docs in 2012. He has served as an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at Rutgers Dental School and is currently an attending at Monmouth Medical Center. He is a board member of the New Jersey Dental Lifeline for adults with special needs and past president of the Monmouth/Ocean County Dental Society.


  • Member - American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Member - American Dental Association
  • Member - New Jersey Dental Association
  • Member – New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Member/President - Monmouth-Ocean County Dental Association
  • Board Member – Dental Lifeline NJ Chapter
  • Attending - Clinical Staff at Monmouth Medical Center