San Diego's Family Friendly Pediatric Dental Practice

David M. Toppi, DMD received much of his training at the esteemed Miami Children’s Hospital and holds a specialty degree in Pediatric Dentistry from Nova Southeastern University. He has a personable chairside manner, and expertise in his field with more than 15 years of experience practicing children’s dentistry. 

Comfortable Dental Visits For Kids

For kids that have dental anxieties, Dr. Toppi’s personality is usually enough to calm them down. However, we do offer sedation options for children with severe dental anxieties. For this IV sedation, we have a licensed dental anesthesiologist that visits several times per month to accommodate your child’s needs. With IV sedation your child will have a pleasant pain-free dental experience, with all their treatment completed safely in just one appointment.

Preventing Cavities and Establishing Proper Dental Care

Preventive dentistry is key in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Toppi is proactive when it comes to children’s oral health and offers effective treatments to establish a strong foundation for your child. Our dentist explains the role sweets and sticky/crunchy snacks play when it comes to cavities.  We teach them about better choices for the health of their teeth and gums.

Dr. Toppi also helps parents find ways to turn proper brushing and flossing into quality time spent together as a family. These treatments, along with education, and the ability to get kids to appreciate the value of their smile leads to healthy teeth and confidence in the future. Our advanced hand-held imaging system is safe and easy to use with children, and our amalgam-free practice provides non-toxic tooth-colored composite fillings.

Our Lil' Smiles Dental Team

Our warm and friendly team creates an inviting atmosphere that puts kids at ease, while our underwater themed play areas provide entertainment and touch-screen video games.


I previously lived in Virginia for 10 years and have moved all over the country. I'm glad to call San Diego home. I started my dental career with Lil’ Smiles in 2011 and enjoy working up front helping parents with their children’s appointments, dental insurance, and all the other ‘ behind the scenes’ necessities. My goal is to have your experience at Lil’ Smiles be as smooth as possible - from the first phone call to schedule a check-up to checking out afterward.  I really enjoy working with children & their families. In my spare time, I like going to the beach, playing tennis, traveling, and spending time with my family & friends.


I started my career as a Registered Dental Assistant at Lil’ Smiles in 2012, and really enjoy working in the pediatric dental field. From a young age I was taught the importance of taking care of my teeth and oral health. I find a lot of satisfaction in being able to pass on that same knowledge to other kids, so that they can learn how to take care of their teeth and see the benefits of good diet and oral hygiene. I am a native to San Diego and love being outdoors in this beautiful city. I'm also bilingual in French, and have had the opportunity to visit many wonderful places in the world where French is spoken.


I am a Registered Dental Assistant with over 6 years of experience in both general and pediatric dentistry. I was born in Los Angeles, but raised here in San Diego where I’m located close to my family. I’m also bilingual in both English and Spanish. I’ve always had a passion for helping others, especially children. As a kid, I was always a bit apprehensive about going to dentist. Fortunately, I overcame this fear when I had my braces put on and went in for my regular orthodontic adjustments each month. It was at this point that I knew I wanted to have a career in the dental field, and give back to those kids also nervous about going to the dentist. I’ve been here with Dr. Toppi since 2016, helping children with their dental care and setting the foundation for a lifetime of positive dental visits. Seeing my little patients walk away with a smile on their face makes me excited about what I do every day!


My family and I have lived in beautiful San Diego since 2003. I love being outdoors and enjoy activities such as boating, beach trips, camping, and traveling. I started my career as a Registered Dental Assistant in 2006. I specialize in pediatric dentistry and love my job. Working with children of all different ages and backgrounds has been fulfilling and very rewarding. I enjoy the challenge of finding creative ways to help children overcome nervousness and fear of the dentist. Often times, just some simple caring and playful interactions help our little patients feel comfortable and at ease!



I have 30 years of experience as an office manager. I take pride in building lasting relationships and being able to help parents with their children’s appointments, dental insurance, and financial options. My husband is a dental hygienist and we have 2 children and 9 grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with them as well as my 2 dogs, Augie & Rory.

Between the gentle and compassionate care they receive and the environment we offer, it’s no wonder our young patients love to visit with Dr. Toppi. We also provide complimentary hot coffee and tea for our parents. Lil’ Smiles Cafe ‘Perks’, as we call it, is located in our lobby for your convenience.

A Simple Digital Workflow for Your Convenience

Our office is green. Forms are emailed before your child’s visit and submitted online. Check-in is also digital, with our easy to use iPad app. We work with all PPO insurance companies and accept all major credit cards, checks, and cash. We offer a 5% discount for all cash payments. English, Spanish, and French are spoken in our office.




Directions to Our San Diego Children’s Dentist

  • We are conveniently located in central San Diego, near Qualcomm Stadium/SDCCU). Exit Friars Road East off the 15 freeway.
  • Take the first right on Rancho Mission Rd, and we are at the bottom of the hill. 
  • We are also easily accessible from the 8 freeway.


Lil' Smiles-David M. Toppi D.M.D Inc. provides children’s dental care for Mission Valley and all San Diego communities.


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