Archive for May, 2012

Tomorrow's the Big Day: Our 5th Annual Patient Appreciation Day

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Tomorrow, Friday, June 1st, Leikin and Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville will be hosting its 5th annual Patient Appreciation Day. There will be free hotdogs, drinks, snowballs, and even be a moon bounce, courtesy of KIDflatables.


If you are not a patient, don’t worry; all are welcome to stop by, say hi, and grab a bite!

About Leikin and Baylin Dental Care

In addition to offering unparalled dental excellence, we will make you feel as comfortable as possible. Going to the dentist can be an anxious experience, but at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care we will ease your worries. We have a library of video and dvds to enjoy while in the chair. We even have headphones that virtually eliminate the sound of the drill. We also go the extra mile by providing massage padded chairs that you will love. If you desire a warm blanket, we will happy to provide you with one. And to top it all off, at the conclusion of your visit, you will be offered a refreshing, hot towel. Beyond these services, if there is anything else that would make your visit more comfortable, we will be happy to oblige.

If you have any questions about Patient Appreciation Day, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

“We are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family.”

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Are Energy Drinks and Sports Drinks bad for your Teeth? :: Oral Health

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

A study published in the General Dentistry journal found that energy drinks and sports drinks both damage tooth enamel and boost the risk of cavities. And, just so you know , damaged tooth enamel cannot be fixed.

The sports drinks tested were:

  • Gatorade Rain
  • Powerade Option
  • Propel Grape
The energy drinks tested were:

  • Monster Assault
  • Red Bull
  • 5-hour Energy

These beverages, which are especially popular amongst teens and young adults, were tested for their effects on tooth enamel.

Researchers immersed enamel samples from extracted human teeth into three sports drinks and three energy drinks. These samples were immersed in the drinks for 15 minutes. Researchers then transferred the enamel to artificial saliva for two hours. This cycle was repeated four times a day for five days (with fresh drinks every day).

Researchers found that enamel loss was evident in just 5 days. The average enamel lost with sports drinks was about 1.5%, while the average loss with energy drinks was more than 3%.

Researchers also found the levels of acidity in the drinks to vary between brands and between flavors of the same brands. The energy drinks with the highest acidity include:

  • Red Bull Sugarfree
  • Monster Assault
  • 5-hour Energy
  • Von Dutch
  • Rockstar

Gatorade Blue had the highest acidity among sports drinks.

“The big misconception is that energy drinks and sports drinks are healthier than soda for oral health,” says researcher Poonam Jain, BDS, MPH, associate professor and director of community dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. “This study completely disproves that, because they erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity.”

Everyone, however, is not sold on the validity of the study. Tracey Halliday, a spokesperson for the American Beverage Association, takes issue with this study.

“This study was not conducted on humans and in no way mirrors reality,” she said.

If you have any questions about Dental Health / Oral Health, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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Energy Drinks: Bad for the Teeth?

Hidden sugars can lead to cavities

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Sugar is your teeth’s worst enemy. Most people think that by passing up candy, ice cream and even cake that you can avoid sugar.

However, it’s foods that have “high fructose corn syrup” or hidden sugars found in seemingly harmless foods that can also cause cavities.

Hidden Sugars

Oatmeal: Avoid the pre- packaged, flavor variety packets and dress up your oatmeal with nuts and fruit.

Protein Bars: Unsalted almonds or peanuts are a healthier choice.

Salad Dressing: Low fat salad dressing can be chock-full of sugar. Go for vinegar or lemon juice with olive oil instead.

Granola: There’s a health-halo effect for granola. People think that by munching on it, it can help your diet. However, it’s thickly coated with sugar. Opt out of it for a healthier option, like actual fruits.

Milk: All milk has sugar in it, so be wary when you pair it with sugary cereals. It may not bode well with your dental health.

Iced Tea: Unsweetened tea is your best option since natural tea doesn’t have any sugars. Sweet teas are filled to the brim with sugar.

Sports Drinks: It’s a great way to quench your thirst after a long work out but it’s not as healthy as you think it is. One drink has 310 calories. You would need to run several miles to burn that off.

If you have any questions about Cavities and how to prevent them, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

“We are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family.”

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Patient Appreciation Day :: Drs. Leikin & Baylin :: Catonsville Dental Care

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Our patients appreciate that we provide the highest quality comprehensive dental care. And we appreciate our patients. That’s why Leikin and Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville will be hosting its 5th annual Patient Appreciation Day on Friday, June 1st at 616 Frederick Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228! We will be offering free hotdogs, drinks, and snowballs. There will even be a moon bounce, courtesy of KIDflatables in Catonsville.

If you are already a patient, please stop by and say hi. If you are not a patient, you are welcome to come meet the staff and our other amazing patients!

Everyone in the community is invited! So, stop by, say hi, and grab a bite!

If you have any questions about Patient Appreciation Day, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

“We are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family.”

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.