COVID-19 UPDATE:  A lot has changed for us as a community the last few months, and we are all looking for things to return back to normal.  Your overall health and wellness has always been our highest priority. After evaluating the most current information and ADA recommendations we remain confident in our ability to provide dental care in a safe and healthy environment. We are implementing the following additional precautions and recommendations to our patients  and team members in light of COVID -19.  

Face coverings are required for individuals over 5 years old while in our office, except while receiving dental treatment.  There are occasions when the face covering may be removed such as when the mask makes communication difficult.  To keep costs down, we require you to bring your own mask when entering the building.

Our entry door will be locked and we will ask for you to call us when you arrive to go through your pre-appointment questions.  Then we will greet you at the door, take your temp and go through some simple sanitation procedures to protect you and our staff while having your procedures done.  We also ask that ONLY THE PATIENT come in for their appointment.  If the patient has special needs and requires a guardian, please let the staff know prior to the appointment.  We find that most of our younger patients do just great without having an adult nearby.  We give them lots of love and attention while they are in our care!

We recommend any patient stay home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  If you are sick, we will help you reschedule.  If you are uncertain, please call our office prior to your appointment.  If you have traveled to a high risk area, we ask that you self quarantine for 2 weeks prior to dental treatment.

We will maintain a clean and safe environment and continue to comply with OSHA and CDC infection control guidelines.

We have standard protocols in place to disinfect all surfaces and patient contact areas.  We sterilize or safely dispose of all instruments and products used during patient care.  We utilize personal protective equipment to keep you and our team members safe.

We have reviewed the procedures for proper hand hygiene, reinforced their importance, and encouraged accountability between team members.

We have expanded and increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection of all common areas in our facility.

We have temporarily removed items that pose a risk for cross-contamination from our common areas.

We support a healthy work environment for our employees.

We have requested our team not to be present in our office if experiencing symptoms.

We are closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the American Dental Association and will continue to seek guidance from these agencies and local public health officials.  As new information becomes available, we will make the necessary adjustments to our operations and will keep you informed of any changes.

Historically, dentistry has been a leader in setting the highest standards for patient care and safety.  We will continue to put the safety of everyone in our office as a highest priority.

We hope you find this information useful and invite you to contact us with your questions at any time.

Meet Dr. Rick

  • Dr.
    Rick Alvarez

    Dr. Rick Alvarez has been a dentist in southwest Missouri for 25 years.  While attending undergraduate studies in psychology at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, he became interested in the dental profession while going through orthodontic treatment.  Dr. Rick went to dental school at the University of Minnesota, where he was elected President of his dental class.

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    My first time back after the big switch. Awesome!

    Jason B.

    Friendly staff. Always explain things well.

    Mike F

    Great customer service! Everyone at the facility is awesome!

    B Hill

    Awesome gentle care as always and friendly 😊

    Mark S

    Great patient care and fair prices. They did an excellent job on my dental work

    Curtis W

    Friendly staff! Brought me back quickly for my cleaning, no wait! Impressed by my first visit with Dr. Richard Alvarez! I appreciate his time talking with me and starting a plan for my dental care! Definitely recommend! Will be going back!

    Natalie W

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Our Location

1093 US Highway 60 E Republic, MO 65738

Hours of Operation

Lunch: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Simply Smiles Family Dental


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8:30 am-5:00 pm


8:30 am-5:00 pm


8:30 am-5:00 pm