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Here we will be posting regular information about dental procedures, case studies, new developments in the field plus what’s going on in Marbella and at MarDenta to keep you informed.


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One of our patients asked why her 5 year old’s teeth hadn’t started falling out, when all his friends have started to lose them and we thought we’d share the answer with you too!

The good news for this Mum and many others is there’s no need to worry. The normal time to lose teeth is around 6 or 7, but all children have their own timeline and some start losing teeth at 4, others not until 7 or 8. As you can see from this children’s teeth chart, the first teeth start to come through in babies about 6 months old and babies develop their full set of teeth around 3. Then it’s a case of first in, first out, with the central incisors and lateral incisors being the first to fall out, between 5 and 8 years old. But as the chart also shows, the process of losing teeth continues until around 12 years old – so there’s plenty of time for this 5 year old to catch up with his class mates.


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Oral B and the Dental Foundation of Spain undertook a study in 2015, which revealed a snap shot of dental health in Spain. It revealed that 31.2% of children have tooth decay in their milk teeth, with 86% of Spaniards over 12 years old having tooth decay. This is a worryingly high number which could be drastically reduced by good dental hygiene, reducing the sugar in your diet and also visiting the dentist regularly.

The study also showed that one in three adults have gum disease, something which can affect the gums, ligaments and bones, causing teeth to fall out. There have also been links between gum disease and health complications including stroke, diabetes and heart disease, so 8 million Spaniards are putting their health at risk by not taking good care of their teeth.


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Summer’s officially here and the kids are on holiday. This means 12 weeks of no school, late nights, ice creams and lots of treats, which can play havoc with your kids’ teeth and overall health.

Of course we know that ice creams are a big part of summer here in Marbella, but it is packed with sugar which is one of the leading causes of tooth decay. We recommend looking out for sugar-free or low-sugar varieties of ice cream, so that even if they are eating a lot of it, at least the damage is minimised. Another great idea is to create banana “ice cream” by chopping up banana, freezing them for a few hours and then blending until they are creamy. It’s totally natural, healthy and delicious!


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Did you know that acid erosion is the most common chronic disease in children aged 5-17? This scary fact shows the prevalence of damaged enamel, caused by acidic foods and drinks. One of the biggest causes is fruit juice, which although it’s full of vitamins and is healthy for the body, is also very acidic and damages the enamel.

Acid erosion is defined as the irreversible loss of tooth structure due to chemical dissolution by acids. What this means is that the acidic food and drinks we love, are eating away at the enamel on our teeth and damaging it. Signs of acid erosion include the colour of the teeth changing to have a yellowish tint, which is the dentin showing through the weakened enamel. Tooth sensitivity, an increase in the size of gaps between the teeth and the shape of the teeth becoming more rounded are also giveaways to watch out for.


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The vast majority of the work that we do is treating people who have come in with toothache or a serious problem which they can’t tolerate any more. These people are often wary of going to the dentist, scared or reluctant to spend money on dental check-ups unless they feel something is really wrong. By the time they come to the dentist, the problem is serious, they are usually in pain and the treatment involved is extensive. But there is another way….

We recommend preventive dentistry which will keep your mouth healthy throughout your life, and catch any problem early enough for treatment to be minimal. Preventive dentistry focuses on decay and gum disease, the most common causes of tooth loss and pain, and stops problems from appearing – so no fillings and no extractions! Sounds good – right?


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We love Christmas and Christmas in Marbella is magical! The Old Town has been decked out in twinkling Christmas lights and is looking gorgeous, the nativity scenes are open to the public and kids can pop into several grottos to see Santa. We’d recommend going to Plaza de la Iglesia and have a look at a very special nativity scene, made up of Playmobil characters – it’s brilliant.

Whether you’re in Marbella or further afield, Christmas is a time for indulgence, with snacks, sweets, cakes and chocolate wherever you look. Here in Spain, Turron (nougat) is a vital part of any Christmas celebration and it comes as sticky chewy versions, hard versions and even covered in chocolate – delicious. We all know that these snacks are high in sugar, which can attack your teeth and cause cavities to form, so this is a tricky time for our teeth. However, we also need to be realistic and know that we will not be popular if we start to pack away all the sweets, so the key to minimising tooth decay is choosing the best sugary treats and knowing how to care for your teeth during this time.  


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As paediatric dental specialists in Marbella, who worked in the UK for many years, we were shocked by recent research by the British Dental Association which revealed that more than 40% of children in England did not go to the dentist in 2015. This is incredible considering tooth decay is the most common reason young children go to hospital!

In Spain this is also a serious problem and we suspect may be even more prevalent because there is very little free dental care provided. This means that parents can be concerned about the costs and also scared that the children won’t like the experience, so they put it off until there is a serious problem. This is a really bad idea, as it puts the child off going to the dentist in the future and can lead to painful dental procedures, which could have been easily controlled if treated earlier.

We answered the most commonly asked questions about children’s teeth a few months ago and we had a lot of great feedback from concerned parents, who really didn’t know what to do with their kids and their dental health. The most important point is that you should be taking your child to the dentist as soon as their baby teeth start coming through, as not only does this allow us to keep an eye on the teeth as they develop, but it also gets them used to coming to the dentist and establishes a good dental health routine for life.

Kids should visit the dentist every six months, as well as being encouraged to cut down on sugary foods and be taught how to brush properly and take care of their teeth. We know it’s not always easy to get kids to brush their teeth, but stick with it and try to explain to them why it is important, so they can start taking control!

Please don’t wait until your children start experiencing toothache before you bring them to the dentist, come and book them in for a consultation and help them to keep their teeth healthy. Our Marbella dentist specialises in paediatric dentistry, we are kind and patient and do everything in our power to make children feel relaxed and comfortable. Book a consultation


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As a family friendly dentist in Marbella, we get a lot of questions from parents who are worried about their children’s teeth and don’t know what to do to keep them healthy. So we have taken the most commonly asked questions and got our paediatric dentist Dr Nagore Benito to answer them for you.

What age should you take a child to the dentist the first time?

This is a good question, as it’s a lot earlier than most parents think. A baby should come to the dentist before his first birthday, or at least 6 months after his first baby tooth comes through. Coming to the dentist very early on in life allows us to get the kid used to the dentist. We recommend taking your child to the dentist every 6 months for a check-up.


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MarDenta is a friendly, approachable family
dental practice in Marbella. With NHS
experience and a focus on patient care,
we combine orthodontic expertise with all
round dental treatments for complete care
for all the family.

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