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Market Place Dental

The Old Exchange

Mill Lane

Great Dunmow.



Tel. 01371 872 300

Email. [email protected]


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Monday                                09:00 to 17:00

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Talking teeth

A Blog for dental questions, news and views.

Welcome to Talking Teeth - Market Place Dental's blog. Please email any questions you would like to ask us, or if you would like to comment on anything. We will do our best to answer those niggling dental questions.


By MPD, Nov 1 2019 09:23AM

Why are we wearing blue lips? As part of Mouth Cancer Action Month November 2019, the Oral Health Foundation is encouraging people to wear blue lips as a sign of support for mouth cancer awareness; causes and symptoms. Despite this bit of fun, there is a serious message at the heart of the campaign.

Over the last year, 8,337 people in the UK were given the life-changing news that they have mouth cancer. According to the Oral Health Foundation, up to 90% of all mouth cancers are linked to lifestyle factors. This means that with a few small changes, you can help cut your chances of developing mouth cancer.

What can cause mouth cancer?

Most cases of mouth cancer are linked to tobacco and alcohol.

• Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are the main forms of tobacco use in many parts of the world. However, the traditional habits in some cultures of chewing tobacco, betel quid, gutkha and paan are particularly dangerous.

• Alcohol increases the risk of mouth cancer, and if tobacco and alcohol are taken together the risk is even greater.

• Over-exposure to sunlight can also increase the risk of cancer of the lips.

• Many recent reports have linked mouth cancer to the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV affects the skin that lines the moist areas of the body.

What are the signs of mouth cancer?

Mouth cancer can appear in different forms and can affect all parts of the mouth, tongue and lips such as;

• Mouth cancer can appear as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal normally.

• A white or red patch in the mouth can also develop into a cancer.

• Be aware of any unusual lumps in your mouth or jaw area and any persistent hoarseness.

It is important to visit your dental team if these areas do not heal within three weeks.

Visual mouth cancer checks are conducted by your dentist and hygienist during your routine appointments. In addition, be aware of what is going on in your mouth and examine yourself regularly.

During Mouth Cancer Action Month, the message is 'if in doubt, get it checked out'. We encourage everybody to be mouthaware and pay close attention to what is going on inside the mouth. If in doubt, make an appointment with your dentist.

With early diagnosis, the chances of surviving mouth cancer are nine out of ten – those odds are pretty good, and that’s why knowing what to look out for is so important.

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By MPD, Oct 21 2019 10:24AM

We are delighted to announce that Dr Ruth Baidoo has been selected as a finalist in the Best Young Dentist category at The Dentistry Awards 2019.

The Dentistry Awards 2019 is the UK’s largest dental awards ceremony to formally recognise excellent dentistry being carried out by teams and individuals throughout the UK and Ireland.

To be a contender in this category, Ruth has demonstrated hard work in her career to date, in addition to a desire to offer the best care to her patients through ongoing training and professional development.

Ruth is also committed to working with charities offering dental care in the community, plus, Ruth has spent her 'holiday' time in Ghana teaching children about dental care.

The Dentistry Awards 2019 ceremony will be held on 22 November and all of us at Market Place Dental congratulate Ruth on being recognised as a worthy finalist, and wish her the very best for the awards.

Ruth Baidoo (Bsc Hons) BDS (Aberdeen). GDC 258309
Ruth Baidoo (Bsc Hons) BDS (Aberdeen). GDC 258309

By MPD, Oct 1 2019 02:58PM

Market Place Dental is proud to be Great Dunmow's public drop off point in the Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Programme for products and packaging.

Every year countless pieces of oral care products and packaging end up in landfill sites across the UK. Colgate® are working with TerraCycle® to put an end to this enormous loss of resources. The Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Programme recycles oral care products and packaging and prevents them from ending up in landfill.

Once collected, the oral care products and packaging are separated by polymer type, cleaned, and extruded into plastic pellets to make new recycled products. Not only is this helping the environment, but the waste recycled with us also helps to fund our nominated oral health charities.

You do not need to be a patient to access this service.

Accepted waste - any brand of:


Toothpaste tubes and caps (squeeze as much toothpaste from the tube as possible)

Toothbrush outer packaging

Toothpaste cartons

Electric and battery toothbrush heads and outer packaging

By MPD, Oct 19 2017 03:34PM

On Wednesday, our dental nurse Annabel Ward was invited to Henham and Elsenham Beaver Colony to chat to the children about brushing their teeth.

The Beavers were fascinated to see pictures of what plaque looks like under a microscope and were interested to hear how the sugar that they eat feeds the bacteria in plaque, which causes holes in their teeth.

Annabel explained how to brush teeth using a "round and round" motion on each tooth, encouraging the Beavers to place their brush "half on tooth, half on gum" to tickle the bacteria off the tooth surface.

The Beavers received a smile chart to record their daily brushing, along with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Annabel was even presented with her own badge at the end of the evening, which made her very happy!

At Market Place Dental we recommend bringing your child to the dentist as the first teeth start to appear. We see under 6s at for free and have reduced rates for older children when parents are in regular attendance.

By MPD, Aug 14 2017 10:30AM

Ruth Baidoo (Bsc Hons) BDS (Aberdeen). GDC 258309

This September our long-established dental practice is welcoming a new dentist.

Ruth was born and raised in Essex but has spent time living and working in Scotland, Kent and Nottingham where she took on the care of anxious patients. Her interests in oral medicine, oral surgery and paediatric dentistry will provide a well-rounded addition to our skilled team. Outside of the clinic Ruth is a keen supporter and advocate of charitable causes and is one of the team members of the charity Oral Health Africa.

Our ethos at Market Place has always been that prevention is at the core of good dental care. As such, we seek to provide you with your own dedicated dentist and hygienist who are able to tailor your treatment in a personal way to suit your needs and concerns.

The practice offers a full range of general dental treatments including short-term adult orthodontics, tooth whitening and injectable facial aesthetics. If you are new to the area or are looking for a dentist then call us today to book your first appointment.

By MPD, Jul 3 2015 01:35PM

Do you believe in miracles? They do sometimes happen by the grace of God, but what about miracles concerning bleeding gums?

Well, one big time pharmaceutical company does seem to believe in miracles, especially if you buy their product.

Have you seen their advert on the telly and on billboards up and down the land? Do your gums bleed they ask? If they do then their answer is to buy their product Corsodyl, their remedy and end of your gum problem! Miracle! What they don’t seem to know is that bleeding gums are an indication that something is wrong at a deeper level than just what appears in the sink when you spit out. Some quite serious illnesses can cause bleeding gums, it can even be an indication of cancer. What they should be telling you loud and clear is that you should visit your dental professional and have your teeth and gums thoroughly checked and a reason for the distressed state of you bleeding gums discovered. Bleeding gums seldom give pain unlike other types of infection (one cause of bleeding gums) if they did you would rush to you doctor or dentist for more detailed treatment. By all means use Corsodyl if you have bleeding gums but make an urgent appointment to see the dentist. CORSODYL IS NOT THE MIRACLE CURE that the company seems to think it is!


By MPD, Jun 26 2015 07:15AM

The BBC’s recent two-part series ‘The Truth About Teeth’ has got our patient’s asking some great questions on how to look after their teeth so I thought I’d share some thoughts over a few blogs.

Regular Toothbrush Vs. Electric Toothbrush.

The presenter explained all you need for really clean teeth is a regular medium-soft brush – so why do we dentists often tell our patients to start using an electric toothbrush?

The thing is the studies that have shown manual brushes to be as effective as an electric brush look at what you can achieve if you brush properly. And here lies the problem. A lot of people don’t brush as well with manual toothbrushes even when they have been shown how.

In my experience people just seem to brush better with electric brushes and as a result we recommend them a lot

But why do they produce a better clean with most people?

There are a number of reasons. To give the designers credit, oscillating brushes flick all that harmful plaque away from the gum and tooth surfaces. But in my anecdotal experience I don’t think this is the main reason.

The clever people who make electric brushes know that we are busy people and the two minutes it takes to thoroughly clean often get squeezed in our hectic schedules. So they installed little two minute timers that make the brushes buzz when two minutes are up.

Simply increasing the amount of time spent brushing achieves that deeper clean and I think this is why we see a better result when using electric brushes.

Which brush?

There are quite a few different brushes out there. The main electric types (rechargeable with fixed batteries) are divided into oscillating heads and sonic heads. We recommend the oscillating head varieties (Oral B – Braun type) as research supporting these is strongest.

Like everything from our cars to phones you can get overwhelmed with options - models that brush your teeth through to the ones that connect to your phone and make you a cup of tea in the morning. It’s really up to you what you want to spend, some of the additional features on the top models are pretty fancy but I’d question whether they get your teeth any cleaner.

So there you have it – the low down on the humble toothbrush.

- Richard

By MPD, Jun 8 2015 01:02PM

Where have all the years gone

Long time passing?

Twenty Five with us, wow! So short!

Thank you Chris for your support.

Your gentle eyes survey the scene

And bring a cool collected gaze

Upon our busy dental days.

Here right early and works so late

Keeping all controlled and up to date!

No fluster at reception

Just loyal, consistent, motivation.

The rubbish, blue bagged and neat

Stands weekly lined up in the street.

The plants never get too drunk

But just look forward to a soak!

Should a fire lick through our lot

Chris you’ll see us safe on side-walk

Extinguishers to ready.

But steady now,

Watch it Chris!

You must last a good deal longer

As none of us get any younger

So keep your vigour and your cool.

May God bless you as you serve us all.

5th June 2015.

By Stephen Bazlinton

By MPD, Oct 3 2014 08:29PM

In August Market Place was pleased to welcome our new hygienist Michelle Hawker. Michelle trained in 2002 as a dental nurse receiving her NEBDN national certificate. In 2010 she received a distinction in the Foundation Degree of Oral Health Science from the University of Essex. She has just been nominated as a finalist in the Dental Hygiene and Therapy Awards 2015 in the category 'Best Treatment of Nervous Patients'.

Michelle is currently working every Thursday at Market Place Dental Group. You may be referred to Michelle from your dentist as part of your dental care. New 'direct access' changes means that you can see a hygienist without first seeing your dentist. So if you feel your teeth and gums could do with a good clean and you would like help with your oral health contact our reception and book an appointment with Michelle.

Michelle is also trained in cosmetic treatments such as tooth whitening and facial aesthetics and would be happy to talk through these treatments with you.

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