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How to use that tongue scraper!

December 22nd, 2014

What is that white thing in your goodie bag!  It is a Tongue Scraper.

We made a short instructional video on how to use the BreathRx Tongue Scraper.

Dr. Markiewicz explains tongue scraping

The most frequently recommended and widely accepted method of basic oral hygiene is tooth brushing. While the practice of tooth brushing is effective in reducing tooth decay and specific oral bacteria, it cleans only selected areas of the teeth and the gums. For this reason, patients have been encouraged to use complimentary methods of oral hygiene such as dental floss, mouth wash, water jet devices and toothpicks. However, the benefits of using these additional methods of oral hygiene limited still to only clean tooth surfaces and gingiva.

Evidence gathered from a studies  indicates that several oral diseases are believed to be caused by microorganisms that are retained within the oral cavity. Related studies have demonstrated that the rough structure of the tongue provides an extremely large surface area for the accumulation of debris and bacteria. Studies also have shown that the tongue is the main source of bacteria. Therefore, in consideration of these findings, it is obvious that the periodic cleansing of the tongue should be included in the patient’s oral hygiene program to reduce the number of bacteria within the oral cavity.

Tongue cleaning is not new to mankind. It has been practiced in Eastern cultures since ancient times. Until recently, the cleansing of the tongue has been largely an unrecognized practice in the West; however, it is becoming increasingly popular as an essential procedure of oral hygiene.

Happy Holidays

December 8th, 2014

Happy Holidays


My team and I would like to wish you a very happy Holiday Season.

We are so grateful to have the privilege of getting to know each of you!

Dentistry has been a wonderful career for me, I do love it.  I am often asked why I became a dentist.  Well, in texting vernacular, IDK.   I was definitely influenced by my uncle and a close family friend, both of whom are dentists.  They both were passionate about their work.  Dentistry seemed fun and interesting.  Ah, the naivety of a 20 year old! I was given a dose of reality when I began Dental School, which was not so fun, and only occasionally interesting.

The naïve 20 year old would never have imagined that my favorite part of being a dentist is the relationships I develop with you, our patients.

My son David will be starting Dental School this fall.  David never had any intention of pursuing a career in Dentistry.  Two summers ago, it was all hands-on-deck, David was needed to help at the office after Elizabeth suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm.   It was during that summer that he realized he wanted to be a dentist.  I credit each of you with influencing his career choice; I want to share this portion of his Personal Statement with you:

The genuine care and concern the patients had for their dentist was, for me, unexpected. I came to realize that dentists have a unique opportunity to form lasting relationships with patients and their families. For me, these relationships cemented my decision to pursue a career in dentistry.  

Well that says it all!

Like many of you, I often find myself using the holiday season as a time for reflection and thanks.  I have a great deal to be thankful for; a wonderful wife and children, a great family, a fabulous team, and wonderful friends.  I am also tremendously grateful for you.  My life has been enhanced by the relationships we have developed.  You have not only allowed my team and me to provide you with dental care, but many of you have shared your life with us.  2015 will bring our 27th year of practice in Mundelein.  Many of you have been with our practice since early-on.  We have all grown together.  We have shared the joys of the birth of children, graduations, new jobs, and marriages.  We have also shared the sadness of the loss of loved ones.

My team and I are honored by your ongoing loyalty and patronage.  We look forward to another year with you.  We wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Tony Markiewicz, Elizabeth, Missy, Trisha, Brittany, Katie, Michelle, Sara, and Jen

Ps.  we are trying to continue the dental tradition.  David is going to dental school, my daughter Michelle is in hygiene school, my nephew Anthony is a practicing dentist in Indiana.  I also want to congratulate my lab technician’s daughter Grace, who also was recently accepted to dental school. 


Elizabeth Wins National Recognition as Green Leader Award Winner

December 8th, 2014


Chicago Marathon 2014

October 20th, 2014

I ran the Chicago Marathon with my son David and Nephew Anthony. David and I run for the CrossRoads Runners at Old St. Pats. Great time while helping to eradicate poverty in Chicago!
If you have never experienced the Chicago Marathon, it is something special. Spectators along all 26.2 miles of the course providing the energy needed to finish!
Watch our fun Team Marathon Video ( It is less than three minutes).

Anthony (A dentist!), his Mom Laura, baby McKenzie, wife Stephanie, Elizabeth, David and me!

Anthony (A dentist!), his Mom Laura, baby McKenzie, wife Stephanie, Elizabeth, David and me!


David and I at Race Headquarters (Buddy Guys)


5:00 pm Mass. It’s called “Bless the Blisters”

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