Hutchinson Dental

Hutchinson Dental is a family dental practice that mainly performs general dentistry procedures but also provides cosmetic dentistry and management of sleep disorders. Dr. Christina Hutchinson opened the office in 2015 and has been practicing dentistry for 19 years.

Dr. Hutchinson graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 2003 and spent the first five years of her career working in a private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She then moved to California and completed a general dentistry residency at UCLA. Following this advanced education, she was part of a private practice in Manhattan Beach for nearly six years before opening her own practice. 

What is Hutchinson Dental  known for?

Hutchinson Dental is known for honesty and consistency. We have very low turnover within our team, so patients build relationships and often trust the advice they are given. We are not the office that tries to sell anything; rather, we make recommendations based on what is best for the patient. We have excellent hygienists and offer a variety of restorative procedures. In addition, we have an exceptional network of specialists that we utilize when needed.

What is a popular treatment you offer?

My sleep apnea patients love the Panthera appliance. This one is milled from type 12 nylon, so it is super thin (less stuff in your mouth) and flexible (does not feel rigid). It maintains a specific posture of your lower jaw to support the airway. Patients can adjust the position themselves, which is like reducing the volume of their snoring (spouses also love it).

How do you promote tranquility in your office?

We are fortunate that we do not have to do much to maintain tranquility in the office. It is so refreshing to hear laughter all day and never have tension. Every team member gets along, and everyone pitches in to work as a team. This is the greatest team of women I have ever worked with, and I am very protective of them. Hutchinson Dental is a great place to work because we all have the same attitude of helping patients and each other.

In what ways is your industry changing with the times?

There is increasing awareness from patients, dentists and other medical specialties about the significance of the airway and how it impacts dental and sleep issues for patients. It has opened conversations with patients that previously weren’t taking place. Dentistry is playing a diagnostic role in this challenge, which has been positive for our patients.

How do you balance career, personal life and passions?

I have a servant’s heart, which means I spend the majority of my day caring for someone or something. Whether it is my patients, my team, my husband, our dog or our garden, it is my nature to be a care-bear. However, in the interest of self-preservation, I carve out time each day to do something just for myself. Whether it is running, yoga or taking the dog on a long walk by myself, dedicating time for myself allows me to reset and keep going.

What issues do older people face in terms of oral health care?

Probably the most common problem I see with older adults is root decay. As patients take more prescription medications, they often have a dry mouth—which makes it easier for bacteria to adhere to and damage teeth. It is so important to keep the mouth hydrated and clean, not to mention having regular checkups to diagnose problems before they become big ones.

How do you handle delivering tough news to a patient?

There is no easy way to give bad news. It is best for the recipient that I am clear. I prefer to be concise and blunt. I am not one to sugarcoat or give false hope. But it does not end there; I remain available to answer questions and outline what happens next or just be of assistance however I can. 

What do you love about your office’s location?

Hutchinson Dental is in downtown El Segundo, which is cozy, walkable and familiar. Patients often drop in to say “hi” simply because they are out and about, and it is easy to get out with my dog at lunch for walks through the neighborhood. It is a calm place to be, and I am grateful to work there! I am excited to practice in El Segundo and be a permanent fixture in the South Bay.

What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

  • Hummingbird: I am always doing something. You will rarely find me still.
  • Determined: I believe you can do anything you set your mind to.
  • Introverted: You won’t find this girl at a social event.

What are some of your favorite travel destinations?

It is a toss-up between Rome for the food and history, Vienna for its sophistication and art, and Tokyo for its charming people. COVID-19 has put a major kink in our usual travel, so I am looking forward to things calming further so we can revisit my favorites.