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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?

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.

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Maryland Dental Care: The Benefits of Invisalign®

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Braces can cause pain, discomfort, plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, tooth decay, and even injuries. But if you want straight, aligned teeth and a beautiful smile, you do not have any other choice, right?

Wrong!

Invisalign® invisible braces are the clear alternative to metal braces.

Benefits of Invisalign®

  • Comfort: Invisalign® aligner trays are smooth, comfortable, and even removable. This means that you can live your life like normal without having to worry about the inconveniences that braces can cause.
  • Looks: Unlike braces, Invisalign® is completely clear and discrete. Most people won’t even know you are wearing them. Of course, if you have a special event coming up and do not want to wear your Invisalign®, no problem. Just take your aligners out for that time and pop them back in when you’re ready.
  • Healthier Teeth and Gums: When your teeth are aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems.
  • Easier Cleaning: With braces, keeping your teeth clean can be a challenge. Not only does food get caught in between the wires, but braces also make it incredibly difficult to brush and floss. This can lead to plaque buildup and even tooth decay. Fortunately, Invisalign aligners are removable, making it’s easy to brush and floss your teeth the way you normally do.
  • Overall Health: If left untreated, bacteria can cause mouth sores, tender or bleeding gums, bad breath, and possible tooth loss. Furthermore, studies by the American Dental Association have shown that oral infections can also lead to other more serious ailments such as heart disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes. Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, reducing your risk of serious infection and disease.

Invisalign®, the clear alternative to braces, has been chosen by over 500,000 people who want amazing smiles.

If you have any questions about Invisalign® and how you could benefit 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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