Dr Jennifer Pinder – Retired

BSc BDS MGDSRCS FFGDPRCS – Dr Jennifer Pinder is now Retired.

Before retiring, I practised in the City of London at the BUPA Dental Centre. This Centre is an extensive practice with general dentists and specialists.

I practised Dentistry since 1971 and still love general dentistry. My qualifications include a Fellowship in General Dental Practice, and I was closely involved with the Faculty of General Dental Practice, including being Vice-Dean in 1996.

I began to treat dental phobic patients early on in my career when I realised that I had a natural aptitude for helping people get over their fears. I would get a great deal of professional satisfaction from watching unhappy and anxious patients recover their confidence and self-esteem.

I backed this up by getting a Psychology degree from Birkbeck College in my spare time in 1986. This enabled me to teach new dental graduates and lecture widely.

My family have been in dentistry for 100 years, including both parents and both grandfathers. That doesn’t stop me from hating having my teeth done – I have to have pain free dentistry to be able to cope with it!

Towards the end of my career, I was treating more and more dental phobics. The condition is much more widespread than many people realise and causes a lot of misery.

The treatment options I offered ranged from simple psychological techniques to a variety of safe methods of sedation.

Dental Treatments have varied from simple cleaning after 30 years of phobia, to helping people by losing their teeth and having dentures. Some patients had makeovers, and some even went on to have implants.

Since retiring, I’ve been able to indulge in the things I enjoy most. I love cats and currently have four: a Burmese, and three rescue cats.

I am a member of Cats Protection, and am a volunteer for a fantastic charity called the Cinnamon Trust which helps older people when their pets need short –term fostering or re-homing in moving into a care home.

Dog – walking is one of the services I undertake to help an older person keep their pet. I have a lovely small garden landscaped last year, that keeps me fit. I also do quite detailed embroidery that keeps me occupied when I watch soaps on TV to relax.