pin550 Water Street Bldg. D Suite 1,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

phone 831-459-9802

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A Wonderful Blend of Preventative Dentistry and Braces.

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Dr. Porter

Brent J. Porter, D.D.S., M.S.

I am a Pediatric Dental Specialist who brings the art and science of dentistry together with the experience, commitment, and compassion needed to provide a positive and educational dental experience. I feel truly blessed to be an advocate and educator for children's dental health in this community and county.

I am a California native and spent much of my early years in the coastal communities. After I finished my residency at UCLA, my wife, Karen and I moved to Santa Cruz County. In February of 1994, we opened Santa Cruz Children's Dentistry. Over the years, my family has grown to five children: four boys and one girl. Since the opening of my practice in 1994, I have experienced a very positive and proven impact of preventative education on a second generation of patients!

It is of lifetime importance that your child’s first visit to a Santa Cruz pediatric dentist is a positive one. At Dr. Porter’s office, your Santa Cruz Pediatric Dentist, a child will experience a new age in children’s dentistry. It is the passionate goal of my office to promote prevention, dental education and chair-side parental support. This proven philosophy has dramatically reduced the time my patients spend in the dental chair over the course of their early life!

My passion includes children with autism, cerebral palsy, post-traumatic stress, negative early dental experiences and many other special needs. I grew up with a brother who has special needs. Because of this experience, I have selected a very special team for those with special needs. My skills and heart for these special children are at the very center of their dental experience. Finally, I just feel honored to have been able to care for the children of Santa Cruz County for the past 20 plus years!

Education and Continuing Education

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology

University of California, Los Angeles

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Awarded outstanding merit and academic excellence in the field of pediatric dentistry, orthodontics and oral surgery

University of California, Los Angeles

  • Pediatric Dental Specialist residency
  • Emphasis on Orthodontics, craniofacial growth and development

University of California, Los Angeles

  • Didactic studies for a Master of Science in Oral Biology

I attend several courses each year for the development of my practice. These include courses in orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and office management. It is my responsibility to keep current with new developments in the field of preventative pediatric dentistry. Whether it’s taking a course in clear aligner treatment, finding an alternative to tooth movement without conventional braces or working with new aesthetic options in treating tooth decay, I want to bring the best possible care to my patients.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Certification
  • California Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Monterey Bay Dental Society
  • Santa Clara Dental Society

Outside the Office

Over the years, my wife and I have enjoyed watching our children participate in little league baseball, basketball, flag football, wrestling, soccer, water polo, swimming, junior life guards, surfing, dance and gymnastics. You name it, our kids have tried it! On the weekends, we enjoy spending time reconnecting as a family. Our vacations are mostly geared around our children’s sporting endeavors. We also enjoy road-trips and adventures in our family van. By road, we have visited 13 states taking in the amazing beauty of our country. The high lights include; horseback riding in the Grand Tetons, skiing at Oregon’s, Mount Bachelor, and exploring the underground caves of South Dakota. If we are not spectating at our children’s sporting events, we can be found mountain biking or near the beach. When I have a few moments to spare, I enjoy reading by a warm fireplace.

Community Support

At the office of Brent J Porter D.D.S., your Santa Cruz Pediatric Dentist, we are the proud supporters of Second Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots. Each holiday season we are a donation station for these two wonderful organizations. We also support many children’s charitable organizations including Make a Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, United States Olympic Committee and a very special camp for handicapped children called Camp Attitude. In addition, we support our local community by sponsoring Santa Cruz Gymnastics, Scotts Valley Little League and Capitola Junior Lifeguards.


As a Santa Cruz Children’s Dentist, Brent J. Porter D.D.S. and Team select only the best of the best to serve our patients and their families. As a team. we are here to make a lasting difference in your child’s dental experience. All our staff members are friendly, knowledgeable, and highly proficient in their office duties. Should you have any questions or concerns before, during or after a visit to our office do not hesitate to talk with one of our staff members, they would be happy to address your individual needs.

TraciFront Office Coordinator
AnestasiaFront Office Coordinator
LauraFront Office Coordinator
KarenAccounts and Billing Manager, Human Resources

For more information please contact the office of Brent J. Porter D.D.S., Santa Cruz Pediatric Dentist (831) 459-9802

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