852 North Route 83
Mundelein, IL 60060-9159
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Some of you may have noticed that our practice’s stated purpose is to help you keep your teeth for a longer lifetime. I wonder how many of you really understand what is meant by this statement. I have to admit, probably not many.
The Helping you keep your teeth should be obvious. We strive to provide you the best dental care possible by continuously improving our skills and our technology. Now, what about longer lifetime? Well, we have entered a new era of health; dentists are an integral part of patients’ overall health. Traditional health views considered the mouth separate from the rest of the body. The latest research is bringing to light a truth: good oral health is an integral part of preventive cardiology, diabetic care, and a major part of the prevention of any inflammatory disease.
Inflammatory diseases that can be triggered by oral inflammation include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, pneumonia, preterm and low-weight births and various cancers (see the chart below). Oral health is a major pillar of overall health, it is important for every individual to have a healthy mouth.
Even as few as two professional cleanings per year can reduce a person’s risk for heart attack by 25% according to research presented at a recent American Heart Association meeting. We will be implementing some exciting new protocols to help complement our standard periodontal treatments.
Longer Lifetime beginning to making sense?
These same chronic diseases associated with gum disease are also affected by other modifiable risk factors:
In addition to helping you achieve and maintain dental health, we hope we can partner with your physician to implement programs to help you control these risk factors.
Watch for more information coming in the near future.
Our clinical team has just returned from the Chicago Dental Society’s annual meeting. As a member of the CDS, I am proud to say that the Chicago meeting is one of the premier meetings in the world. Dentists from all over the world come to Chicago to learn from top researchers and clinicians. It is always a highlight of our year.
Helping you keep your teeth for a longer lifetime, requires that we continually invest in and improve our skills and our technology. This is an exceptionally exciting time for Dentistry. There are advances coming on many fronts which should significantly improve the quality of our lives. Research continually shows just how important dental health is to our overall health.
Numerous dental and medical studies have been and continue to be conducted to allow us to better understand this connection. I was able to spend two days focusing on this information. My team and I look forward to applying this revolutionary information into our practice and sharing it with you. Applying this information to our lives can significantly impact not only our dental health, but also our overall health.
Numerous technologic advances have also occurred. Some of these new technologies will be showing up shortly. I am most excited to be adding a new x-ray technology (3-D) and an advanced oral cancer detection system. Our investment in these technologies will insure we are providing you with the most advanced dental care possible.
Our team is so excited to bring our new knowledge, skills, and technology back to our practice and share them with you.
- I have always made regular Continuing Education a priority for both my team and myself. It is the only way we can continually improve and insure we provide you the best dental care available. Evidence of that commitment came in 2005 when I was awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. As of 2011, out of the 150,000 dentists in the US and Canada, only 7010 have earned the prestigious AGD Fellowship. I am currently very close to completing the requirements for a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, an accomplishment less than 2500 dentists have achieved. In 2013, I was awarded a Fellowship in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Our stated purpose is “Helping you keep your teeth for a longer lifetime.”
Obviously, as a dentist, I want to do everything possible to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. What exactly do we mean by “longer lifetime”?
Well, studies continue to show how important oral health is to an individual’s general health. The beneficial effects of good oral health are being seen in large ongoing studies. An Aetna-Columbia University study of 145,000 subscribers found that medical care for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardio-vascular disease was shown to be significantly lower if they received periodontal (gum) care. It was stated that “Preventive periodontal management will pay huge dividends as the population ages with regard to reducing potential systemic complications, especially those associated with chronic inflammation.”
Dentistry has long been suspicious of links between dental disease and systemic disease. Diabetes, heart disease, low birth weight babies, respiratory infections, among others, have been linked to periodontal disease. The common link seems to be Inflammation often caused by the body’s reaction to Biofilms. The research continues and you can count on us to stay current. Brittany, Katie, and I are focusing our time at the Chicago Dental Society meetings this month on many of these topics.
To be sure we are doing all we can to not only protect your oral health, but also your general health, we are tweaking some of our protocols. You may have noticed we now routinely take blood pressures. Look for changes in our Oral Cancer and Fluoride protocols coming soon.
Feel free to ask questions.
This is a re-post. We have had many questions about denture adhesives recently. Denture adhesive use causes quite a bit of confusion.
When and How to Use Denture Adhesives
Should I Use a Denture Adhesive?
Dental Implants are the method of choice to stabilize dentures. The use of denture adhesive is not a substitute for a properly fitting denture. Stability and retention can be significantly improved with dental implants. If an adhesive is required, use may considered under the following circumstances:
1. To enhance your satisfaction with a properly constructed denture. Adhesives enhance retention, stability, bite force and an individual’s sense of security
2. To assist individuals with dry mouth conditions that lessen denture adherence, such as individuals taking cold medications, those with neurologic disabilities including strokes, and the elderly
3. To provide added stability and security for those who place unusual demands on their facial muscles, such as public speakers or musicians
4. To provide added retention when bone loss has compromised support for a denture.
When Shouldn’t Denture Adhesives Be Considered?
There are situations when denture adhesives should not be used. Those cases include:
1. When it is used as a “fix” for ill-fitting or poorly constructed dentures. If your dentures begin to feel loose, cause discomfort or cause sores to develop, contact your dentist as soon as possible.
2. When a dentist has not evaluated your dentures for a long time. Dentures rest on gum tissue and your jawbone, which shrink and deteriorate, respectively, over time. Therefore, the real problem might be the need for a denture adjustment or new dentures.
3. When oral hygiene practices cannot be sustained.
4. When adhesives have been used for a long time, especially when visits to the dentist are infrequent, and when the frequency and volume of the adhesive use increases. These developments may indicate the need for a denture adjustment or new dentures.
5. When any known allergy exists to the adhesive’s ingredients.
I have created a short instructional video on how to use the adhesive.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Tony Markiewicz, DDS, FAGD