Dr. Oscar Pino
I fell in love with dentistry from an early age. I had great experiences going to see my dentist as a child even despite having a strong sweet tooth back then. I later discovered how much dentistry was my calling during college while working side by side with different dentists in various dental offices. Today dentistry gives me the satisfaction of being able to care for my patients by focusing on curing conditions in the teeth and gums while working towards achieving a healthy mouth and great smile. I find it gratifying to be able to change patients’ lives by giving them back their confidence and positive outlook on life through that smile and ability to chew with strong teeth and gums.
One of my overall goals in my work is to give my best every day to ensure that my patients are happy when they leave the office, and to also remove the fear that keeps so many individuals from going to the dentist. I do this by showing compassion and working in a calm and gentle manner in order to instill confidence in my patients; especially the nervous ones. Dentistry is truly an art and science, and I feel fortunate to enjoy the key aspects of this wonderful profession.
Outside the Office
I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Growing up in the South gave me a wonderful childhood with great friends and a good education. My parents moved to the United States in 1969 from South America. Most of my summer breaks as a child and young adult were spent with my extended family in Colombia, where I was able to take in my family’s culture and language.
I have found it a blessing to be raised bilingual with English and Spanish, and my wife and are raising our two daughters in a similar fashion. Outside of the home and office my passion is surfing, traveling, and food. I learned how to surf early on during my trips to South and Central America. Whenever I have free time and the waves are good you will find me out there in the South Bay and SoCal Beaches.
Education and Continuing Education
Dr. Pino earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2000 and a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology in 2005, both at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his D.D.S. degree from the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in 2009.
In 2010 Dr. Pino completed the residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine. This program trains residents in comprehensive dental care for patients in the AEGD Dental Clinic, Dental Implant Center, and Center for Patients with Special Needs. The AEGD program also trains residents to provide care to medically compromised and physically and developmentally compromised patients.
In 2015 Dr. Pino completed an intensive 10 month long mini-residency in Implant Dentistry at the Loma Linda University, School of Dental Medicine, which gave him the training and confidence to manage most surgical cases involving dental implants.
Dr. Pino has practiced general dentistry in Southern California since 2010.
Dr. Pino is fluent in English and Spanish.