About Dr. Nutter


Dennis Paul Nutter, DDS

Dr. Nutter is a California native who was born in Fresno and raised in both Fresno and the Palos Verdes area of Los Angeles.   He and his wife Marcia live in Vacaville and vacation in Tahoe.   He enjoys cycling, writing, teaching and spending time with his son Travis who is in college in San Francisco.

Dr. Nutter is a board certified pediatric dentist who has been in practice for over 25 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California.  He completed a combined Hospital-University Residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Southern California.  He has a certificates in both Hospital Dentistry and Cleft Palate Rehabilitation from Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Downey, California.

Dr. Nutter is the President of the California Society of Pediatric Dentists as well as a national lecturer on Pain Assessment, Pain Justification and Pain Measurement in children. Dr. Nutter serves on numerous committees of the CSPD and is a Trustee of the Western Society of Pediatric Dentists.  He is also an invited lecturer to USC, UCSF and Loma Linda dental schools.  Dr. Nutter is a Past President of the Napa-Solano Dental Society and a past Trustee of the California Dental Association.  He has also served as a Delegate to the American Dental Association. 

Hospital appointments:  Dr. Nutter is on the surgical staff of Northbay Medical Center, VacaValley Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo and Kaiser Permanente Vacaville.

Teaching:  For the past ten years, Rolling Hills Pediatric Dentistry has served as the location for the pediatric dental rotation of General Practice Residents from two Northern California Veterans Administration Dental Clinics -Mare Island, Vallejo and McClellan AFB, Sacramento.  General Practice Dental Residents alternately observe the practice of Dr. Nutter, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Gerber as they diagnose and treat pediatric patients in the Rolling Hills Professional facility.  In addition, Dr. Nutter has lectured to the Pediatric Dental Residents at the University of California, San Francisco and to other dentists and allied health professionals at UCSF Fresno.

Publications:  Dr. Nutter is a published author and has served as a Journal Reviewer and Guest Editor for the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Recently, his articles inspired changes in national guidelines for Behavior Guidance for Pediatric Dentistry and his articles are now referenced in those guidelines.  His publications are listed below.   CDA Journal has an open access policy and these articles can be viewed by anyone.

“Improve your clinical pain practice with children.” CDA Journal, 2009; 37(10);703-704

“Good clinical pediatric pain practice: Neurobiological considerations.” CDA Journal, 2009; 37(10):713-718

“Good clinical pediatric pain practice: Latrogenic considerations.” CDA Journal, 2009;37(10):713-718

“Good clinical pediatric pain practice: Target considerations.” CDA Journal, 2009;37(10):719-722

“Good clinical pediatric pain practice: Metric considerations.” CDA Journal, 2010;38(12):857-863.