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April 1, 2020 Update

April 1st, 2020

April 1, 2020

I was dreaming the other night that I was taking my grandson Parker for a walk and I picked him up and hugged him.  I was so happy.  I was sad when I woke-up and realized it was only a dream.  Like most of you, we are dealing with not being able to see our family and friends.  That's the sacrifice we have been asked to make for the greater good.  At least there is Face Time and Zoom.

Parker made my day a "Lovely Day"

Our team hopes you are all staying safe and healthy.  We are meeting a few times a week via Zoom.  We are preparing for when we can see all of you again.  There is a lot to do and we are on it.  As always, we will make all modifications needed to assure your safety.

In my thirty-two years of private practice, I have never had a sick day.  I have gone home early a few times, but overall, I have been blessed with good health, so this not working stuff is driving me crazy.  No one wants to be in the office more than I do.

As you know by now, the Shelter-in-Place Order has been extended until at least April 30th.  Currently, Sheltering-in-Place is the contribution we all can make to keep everyone safeDoing nothing is really doing something great.  We appreciate your patience and we will be ready to resume operations when it is deemed safe to do so.

If you have questions or problems, Missy is in the office each day, so please call.  We are available.  The current guidelines severely limit what type of treatment we are allowed to do at this time.  While we may find these limitations frustrating, they are in place for your protection and for the greater good.

A mentor of mine gave me this advice; “Tony, stay sane, stay safe, be patient.  Now is not the time to push the envelope.  We are working on the virus’s time schedule, not our own.”

Our dental practice will adjust to the challenges COVID-19 has presented.  We are already developing protocols to address some of these challenges.  We promise that all changes will be judged assuring:

  • Patient and team member health and safety
  • We can maintain interpersonal relationships with our patients
  • We maintain delivering the highest quality dental care and highest quality patient experiences with our office
  • Our patients will receive great value for the investment they make into their dental health

This next July will be the 32nd anniversary of our practice. For those of you who don’t know, I opened the practice in 1988 after spending three years as an officer in the US Navy.  I opened a one-chair office on Midlothian Road near Mundelein High School.  We moved into our current office in the summer of 2001.  We have been in practice long enough to have three and four generations of families as patients.  You have shared your lives with us.  We appreciate and value our relationships with each of you and we will continue to do what is best for you.

These days, I’m spending most of my days in Zoom conferences, on-line courses, or reading medical literature.  We are navigating through all the noise by absorbing information, developing ideas, and trying to create plans that will allow us to continue to provide great dental care.

Be sane, be safe, and be patient

Tony and David Markiewicz and our team at Markiewicz Dental

Here are some pictures from 1988

March 25, 2020 Update

March 24th, 2020

March 25, 2020

We hope this blog finds you well.  Our Team says hello!  We miss all of you. It is a challenging time for everyone, but we are all in this together.

Our team has remained engaged.  Many of you have spoken to Missy, Holly, or Elizabeth concerning your rescheduled appointments.  We appreciate your understanding and patience.

We have been having regular team meetings.  While not ideal, Zoom conferences let us meet from the safety of our homes.  Some of us need to work on the camera angles, or should I say, I need to work on the camera angle.  I’m less than impressed by my look!     (It is OK to laugh.  We all need a laugh these days) 

Dr. David has been busy completely reorganizing the entire clinical space.  He’s removed every supply, cleaned and disinfected every shelf,drawer, and cabinet, and created an organized system with labels for every supply.

We have been taking webinars and have been involved in online conferences, doing our best to stay informed as to the latest information and recommendations concerning COVID-19.  Our priority is always to keep you safe and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure your safety. 

So far, Elizabeth and I still like each other.  We each spend a portion of the day working.  Each day we head out for a walk and we talk to family and friends often.  I’m hoarse, between the Zoom conferences and telephone calls, my voice is giving out.

We have had a family “virtual cocktail” party on Facetime, a NYT crossword puzzle party, a virtual pajama party, and Elizabeth had a grade school reunion all on Zoom.  We watched a wedding of a friend’s daughter and the funeral of our Pastor’s father, all live streamed.  Families are doing their best to not let COVID-19 disrupt important and sacred traditions.  While only a few family members are allowed in the Church, the rest of the family can share the love of a Bride and Groom and the celebration of the life of a Patriarch.  While these are not traditional celebrations, they show how love really can conquer all. If your looking for a Mass, Old St. Pats has the live stream working.

Ok, on a lighter note.  Many of you know I have a Peloton bike.  I am really looking forward to this Friday.  Bubba Watson and Justin Thomas (Really…you don’t know who they are??  Golfers, and good ones at that) are challenging everyone to join the Friday 9 am CT ride with my friend @Alextoussanint25 as a way to encourage #stayactive #socialconnection #stayhome.  If you can get on the app, this will be fun.  I will be there.

We wish you all the best of health.  Stay safe.

Tony Markiewicz

 

 

Checking-In

March 18th, 2020

It feels like I haven’t been in the office forever.

I miss seeing all of you.  The best part of my day is my interactions with all the people I care about; my team members and all of you, our patients.

Our team says hello!  They all seem to be doing alright.  We have decided to spend this time training.  Our list of “to do’s” is growing by the minute.  We are lucky that we have some great affiliations to lean upon.  We will be working with our Coach and using online training resources to make our team even better.  I wish you could have seen our team have our initial Zoom Video meeting.  You would have had a good laugh!  Login issues, dogs barking, kids crying, phones ringing, we had it all, but we got it done.

Thank you for your patience with the rescheduling.  With your help and understanding, Missy, Elizabeth, and Holly got it done.

I am tired of hearing about COVID-19.  Complaining about it and worrying about it won’t make it go away.  I need to keep updated about the latest news and recommendations, but for my own mental health, I find I need to limit my exposure to the news.  Trust though, I will be following the science and the data.  The ADA is promising to post some new treatment guidelines by early next week.  We will keep you updated.

The lack of testing has really handicapped the medical profession, because there is not enough data.  We owe the medical professionals guiding us through this pandemic a great debt.  They are working around the clock, trying to make the most prudent recommendations to keep us all safe.  Problem is, they are hand-cuffed by a lack of data.  We would not need blanket shut downs if we could test for the virus and isolate those infected rather than isolate everyone.

Best advice I heard on Wednesday:   Be Safe, Be Sane, and Decompress.   We are experiencing a problem we have never seen before and it will require a solution we can’t even comprehend as of yet.  We have great minds working on solutions and we all need to be patient.  I want answers as badly as all of you.  We can’t control what is happening, but we can control how we react.  Be safe, be smart, and be kind. This clip from Apollo 13 says it all.

 

So, what am I doing?  As I write this, I am listening to a three day live video dental conference.  It was organized in a few days and has 1800 dentists participating.  One of my mentors, Dr. Gary DeWood, spoke earlier from Arizona.  He had 20 minutes notice and spoke for an hour.  He jumped off his Peloton and into a Zoom conference.  We have a great professional community, pulling together to support each other.

I wanted to share an article by Michael Rozier, S.J.,an assistant professor of health management and policy and health care ethics at Saint Louis University on maintaining our humanity during this crisis.

Here are some of the things I am doing to cope.  Maybe this can help some of you.  I am asking our team members to share any ideas they may have.  I will post in the future.

  • Meditate. I have used the Calm app for years.  They offer at free 7-day trial.
  • Exercise-My physician who has been a marathon runner, once said to me; “you and I work out for our mental health. They physical benefits are secondary.”  Whether you are inside or outside, exercise relieves stress and give us all a break.  My favorite yoga app is DownDog and they are offering free access until April 1, 2020 and for teachers and students until July 1, 2020.
  • Visit some Historic Sites, virtually-Visit twelve historic sites from home
  • Go for a walk-No Headphones unless its music. We have great parks and forest preserves. The sunset Tuesday was beautiful.

  • Worship: Old St. Pats is streaming Masses.  The Mass from Sunday March 15, 2020 has over 28,000 views and St. Patrick’s Day had 4500 views.  The Wedding Music Fair showcases some wonderful musicians and singers.

Please be aware you are all in our prayers.  We are all in this together.  Please let us know what we could do to help all of you.

Tony and David Markiewicz and our Team

tony@markiewicz.dental

 

Tips for Staying Sane in the Time of Choronavirus

March 16th, 2020

How are you coping with the stress and isolation caused by the choronavirus  crisis?

Like most of you, I am definitely feeling the stress of this crisis.  I will share some of my coping methods:

  • Mediation:  I have used the Calm App for years, yep even before LeBron
  • Worship:  Most church services have been cancelled.  Our Church, Old St. Pats streams a Mass each week, so they were well prepared to step-up in this time of need.  As of this moment, there are more than 26,000 views since yesterday.  March 15, 2020 Mass
  • Exercise-always a fall-back for me.  Our Forest Preserves are wonderful.  Get out and clear your head.
  • Reading-get lost in some good fiction.

Post any helpful ideas you may wish to share.

From Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune 3/12/20:

1. Be generous.  

Anxiety is its own contagion. A little act can break the chain. Make an effort — like the CVS guy did — to make someone else feel better, and you’ll feel a little better yourself.

So check on a vulnerable neighbor. Donate some money to a local food bank or another agency that may be overwhelmed as this health crisis spreads.

And don’t buy all the sanitizer on the shelf, unless you plan to give some away. Think communally.

2. Look for the light.

If you have the virus, or think you might, and you’re in “self-isolation” — our national word of the week — sit by the window. If you’re not self-isolating, step outside and face the sun. Natural light is the sanitizer of the dark soul.

3. Don’t wallow in the news.

Being informed is good. Constant news consumption is like bathing in a swamp.

Turn off the news. Turn on some music. Read a book. Phone a friend. Your mind reflects, in part, what you put into it.

4. Be careful where you get your information. Double-check before you share.

The COVID-19 news is scary, but there’s comfort in understanding where news comes from.

Did you read that viral post touting “serious excellent advice” from “Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases,” the one that says you can prevent the virus by drinking tons of water? Did you share it? Lots of people, including a famous TV personality, did. There’s no evidence the claim is true.

PolitiFact, run by the nonpartisan Poynter Institute, offers a guide called “7 ways to avoid misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic.”

5. When you find yourself really mad at someone you care about, ask yourself: Is this just coronavirus anxiety talking?

Simply by asking yourself the question, you may calm down enough to realize how tangled your interpersonal anxieties are with the anxieties over the virus.

6. Breathe.

Really. It helps. Exercise. Meditate. Do some yoga. Take a walk. Get some fresh air, even if it means simply opening a window.

7. Don’t isolate even if you’re in self-isolation.

If you’re working from home or staying inside because you’re sick, stay connected through your phone or computer. Isolation can be anxiety’s petri dish.

8. Repeat this word: Perspective

This is not the first or the worst crisis in the history of humanity. And any crisis, by revealing systemic shortcomings in the ability to handle it, can lead to improvements.

9. Laugh.

It may not be the best medicine, but it doesn’t hurt. The other day while washing my hands for the zillionth time, a ditty wrote itself in my head and made me laugh. It was to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

How many times can a gal wash her hands

Before she goes out of her mind?

Yes, and how many times can she sing silly songs


While scrubbing them front and behind?


Yes, and how many times will she lather and rub —


Until both her hands are like rinds?


The virus, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind


The virus is blowin’ in the wind.

WGN radio anchor John Williams recruited a singer named Springbo to record it and played it on his show.

10. Think spring.

It’s coming. Daylight will get longer. The flowers will bloom. The trees will grow leaves. We’ll be reminded, again, that nature is a power we’ll never fully control, that life comes in seasons, that trees survive winter and the sun always returns.

Your Safety is Our Priority

March 9th, 2020

At Markiewicz Dental, your safety is our primary concern.  Yes, we focus on the latest dental procedures and technology, but behind the scenes, we also focus on the less glamorous protocols and technology to keep our patients and our team safe. This includes regular training on emergency medical drills and yes, regular review of our Infection Control Practices.  Dentistry has come a long way since I began Dental School in 1981.  Infection control practices were non-existent.  Use of gloves, masks, and heat sterilization was very rare.  The AIDS crisis forced a change for the better.  Dentistry had to take a serious look at infection control and patient safety.  When I began practicing Dentistry in the US Navy in 1985, I witnessed a painful transition, those who had been practicing for a while had difficulty, but for me, it was an invaluable experience to watch and participate in the trial and error that resulted in solid infection control protocols to protect our patients.  Out of that struggle came a profession focused on patient and team safety.  So much so, that The Center for Disease Control states that the dental community has been doing a very good job of protecting our patients via state-of-the-art infection control practices.  

We all can play a role in helping prevent the spread of this virus and contribute to overall public health.  Please read our Coronavirus: How we all can make a difference to better understand the reasons for the protocol changes we are implementing.

Due to recent public health concerns involving the CoronaVirus, we at Markiewicz Dental are monitoring information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local officials regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus disease). The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority.  As such, we have Instituted:

  1. Screening measures for patients
  2. A review of our stringent infection prevention protocols and implemented some minor changes
  3. Increased the frequency with which they sanitize and clean public spaces
  • Screening: 

    1. We ask all patient and visitors to notify us in advance if they feel they are at risk for COVID-19 and to take preventative measures for the safety of themselves, and others.
    2. If you have flu or cold-like symptoms such as a cough or fever, newly developed shortness of breath, or if you have recently traveled to an area outside the US with known coronavirus (COVID-19) or been in contact with someone who has traveled or contracted the virus, please call us at 566.2811 to reschedule your appointment
    3. As part of our Appointment Confirmation System, we will ask if you are ill. Do you have a fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, or GI symptoms?  If so, it is wise to reschedule your dental appointment.  The odds of you having the Coronavirus are slim at this time, but you could infect other patients and team members with a cold or flu.
    4. You will be presented with a short questionnaire about recent illnesses and travel. Anyone recently ill or who has traveled to the listed countries should reschedule no sooner than 14 days after recovery or returning from the trip.  Current countries include:
      1. China, Hong Kong or Macau
      2. South Korea
      3. Northern Italy (or all of Italy)
      4. Iran
      5. Japan

Our goal is to provide all our patients with a safe environment to receive dental care.  While rescheduling may inconvenience both our patient’s and our office, we do believe these simple protocols will help ensure everyone’s safety.

  • Infection Control Protocols:

Since the AIDS crisis, Dentistry has always risen to the challenge of protecting our patients from the latest infectious disease challenge.  We value the trust you show in our office. We want to reassure you we comply with and often exceed the guidelines for sterilization and patient protection from the American Dental Association. I wanted to share with you some of what we do. Our philosophy has always been and will always be “to treat our patients as if they were our own family members.” Here are some things that our dental office does to protect you:

  • Our philosophy is: If it can’t be heat sterilized, use disposable. The best method of sterilization is autoclaving. The process utilizes steam pressure to kill bacteria and viruses. If an item cannot withstand the extreme heat and pressure of an autoclave, we attempt to use disposable items. Those few items that are not disposable and cannot be autoclaved are covered with a disposable barrier and wiped clean with a surface disinfectant after use.
  • For sterilization to be effective, instruments must be clean. All used instruments are first washed and sanitized in our Hydrim instrument washer system. After a 26-minute wash cycle, the instruments are clean, dry, and sanitized. They are now ready for the autoclave.
  • Our dental handpieces are cleaned, flushed, and lubricated in our automated handpiece maintenance system. Once the cycle is complete, the handpieces are ready to be sterilized.
  • We verify sterilization of every tray with a sterilization integrator. Every tray and pack contain an integrator that verifies sterilization prior to patient use. We also complete weekly spore testing utilizing a third-party testing lab. Each week, we submit a test to a monitoring service to verify the effectiveness of our autoclave.
  • Dental unit waterlines can be a source of infection. Each of our dental units is equipped with a closed water bottle system. These systems allow us to treat and flush the units to prevent build-up of potentially dangerous biofilms. Our dental unit waterlines are protected with Dentapure filters and Bio-bottles.
  • Our treatment rooms are sanitized after each patient. Before you enter our examination and hygiene rooms, all surfaces, including the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles, X-rays sensors and unit, computer and mouse, and countertops, have been cleaned and decontaminated and fresh disposable barriers placed.
  • All our dental team members involved in contact with patients always wash their hands before and after every patient and use only fresh gloves.
  • In order to reduce post-operative discomfort and reduce the spread of colds and viruses, we request each patient complete a 30-second mouth rinse prior to treatment. The rinse significantly reduces the bacteria and viruses found in the office air and on surfaces.

After a review of our protocols, we will:

  1.  Post signs at entrances with instructions to patients with symptoms of respiratory infection to:
    1. Cover mouths /noses when sneezing or coughing
    2. Use disposable tissues
    3. Perform hand hygiene after coughing or sneezing
  2. Provide tissues, no-touch receptacles for disposal, and hand sanitize in the reception area.
  3. Offer masks to anyone presenting with a persistent cough after they enter the office.  These patients will be rescheduled and given appropriate referrals if needed.
  4. We will no longer re-use patient safety glasses. Patients are encouraged to use their own glasses or will be provided disposable safety glasses.
  • Increase Frequency of cleaning public spaces

    1. Our team has committed to continuous cleaning of surfaces, knobs, and handles in our public spaces.

Our goal is to provide all our patients with a safe environment to receive dental care.  While, rescheduling may inconvenience both our patient’s and our office, we do believe these simple protocols will help ensure everyone’s safety.

The dedicated team at Markiewicz Dental

What's the Hype About Charcoal Toothpaste

January 21st, 2020

Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein is your source for dental information.  Here is some information on Cosmetic Dentistry and Oral Hygiene.
Dr. David and I have been asked numerous times about charcoal toothpaste and mouth rinses. Numerous claims have been made in the media and by celebrity  spokes-people that they are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and do a remarkable job of whitening your teeth.
If you don’t want to read the details, our advise: 
Don’t use charcoal products
Interested in some details:

In 2017, the American Dental Association reviewed over 100 studies that had been done on charcoal products and found the anti-fungal and antibacterial claims to be unsubstantiated.
The review, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), found that charcoal and charcoal-based products may even do your teeth more harm than good, and concluded that there was not enough clinical data to back these products’ safety and efficacy claims.
Charcoal toothpastes don’t usually contain fluoride.  Fluoride is necessary to eliminate plaque and prevent tooth decay.  Charcoal powders also tend to be quite abrasive and can remove enamel and contribute to root abrasion.  Most tooth abrasion is not caused by your toothbrush, but by your toothpaste.  Sure, they can remove stains, any abrasive can do that, but what else is the abrasive removing.  The key to a good toothpaste is stain removal with limited abrasion.  
What about Tooth Whitening?  Also, stain removal is not the same as whitening.  In a review published in 2019 in the British Dental Journal (BDJ), experts said that nearly all of the 50-plus charcoal-based pastes and powders tested were found to contain an insufficient amount of free-radical bleaching agent for them to have any whitening or stain-removal effect. They added that charcoal-based toothpastes that promise to whiten teeth are a “marketing gimmick”.
Researchers also found that charcoal can “deactivate” fluoride, so even if the charcoal product you use contains fluoride, it may not be effective in fighting tooth decay.  There may be other negative aspects to using these charcoal dental products. The BDJ and JADA reviews highlighted the potential presence of carcinogenic compounds in  charcoal-based toothpastes.  
So, if you want to keep your teeth and gums in good condition and minimize stains, it is best to stick to a proper oral care routine.  This involves twice-daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, seeing your Mundelein Dentists at Markiewicz Dental regularly, and avoiding heavily pigmented foods and anything with artificial colors.
Want to learn more?  Visit our website:

EMERGENCY

We recognize that emergencies do occur. Our office phone number is answered 24 hours a day by a voicemail system informing you of how to reach the doctor on call. If one of our doctors is unavailable, you will be given instruction on how to reach the dentist covering emergencies for Markiewicz Dental. We provide special priority status for you or any family member who has been seen during the previous year in our practice.

QUESTIONS

Our team members are well trained and dedicated to make a difference for each and every person we are privileged to serve. No question is too small or insignificant for us to answer. Please give us feedback as your opinions and ideas are very important to us.

CONTACT US

Please browse through our website for more detailed information on the services that we offer. To schedule an appointment, simply contact our office to schedule an appointment online or request an appointment and one of our team members will be in touch shortly thereafter.
Contact us to get started at the Markiewicz Dental. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Mundelein Dentists: Root Canal or Implant?

January 20th, 2020

Root Canal or Dental Implant, Which is Better?

Our dentists at Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein is your choice for a Mundelein Dentist when you need to a root canal or dental implant.

When you have a dental injury or infection, saving your natural tooth should always be your first choice. Even the most advanced implants or bridges cannot truly replace your natural tooth. For this reason, if you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort you should contact our Mundelein Dentists for help.  Whether treatment is provided entirely in our office, or in collaboration with one of our excellent specialist partners, you can be confident we will provide excellent care.

If our Mundelein Dentists, Dr. Anthony Markiewicz or Dr. David Markiewicz, recommend saving your tooth with root canal treatment, you can rest assured that they will utilize the most advanced techniques.  Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein is one of the few general dental practices which utilizes both 3D scanning (CBCT) and Operating Microscopes.  Both standard technologies used by Endodontists.

After Root Canal treatment, our Mundelein Dentists will restore your tooth with a crown.

Our Mundelein Dentists can often save even the most severely injured teeth, so it pays to learn more about your treatment options. Do everything possible to save your teeth before considering extraction.

If an endodontic procedure can’t save your tooth and it must be extracted, you should consider a dental implant which will enable you to bite and chew properly, keep healthy teeth from shifting, and help you maintain a natural appearance. Carefully discuss your options for treatment with our Mundelein Dentists to ensure you pick the treatment that is best for you.

If an extraction is necessary, be sure to discuss your treatment options with our Mundelein Dentists.  Our team of highly trained dentists can discuss the options of Dental Implants, Dental Bridges, Partial Dentures, and Full Dentures.  Our team is ready to help you navigate the options for treatment.

Want to learn more?  See our website:

EMERGENCY

We recognize that emergencies do occur. Our office phone number is answered 24 hours a day by a voicemail system informing you of how to reach the doctor on call. If one of our doctors is unavailable, you will be given instruction on how to reach the dentist covering emergencies for Markiewicz Dental. We provide special priority status for you or any family member who has been seen during the previous year in our practice.

QUESTIONS

Our team members are well trained and dedicated to make a difference for each and every person we are privileged to serve. No question is too small or insignificant for us to answer. Please give us feedback as your opinions and ideas are very important to us.

CONTACT US

Please browse through our website for more detailed information on the services that we offer. To schedule an appointment, simply contact our office to schedule an appointment online or request an appointment and one of our team members will be in touch shortly thereafter.

Contact us to get started at the Markiewicz Dental. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Dr. Anthony Markiewicz again named Top Dentist by his peers!

January 13th, 2020

Dr. Anthony Markiewicz was again named a Top Dentist by his peers!  If you are looking for a Dentist, be sure to contact our office or call 847.566.2811.

Dr. Markiewicz has been providing patients in the Mundelein area quality dental care since 1988.

Be sure to see What Sets Us Apart!

Some of the services Dr. Anthony Markiewicz and Dr. David Markiewicz offer:

QUESTIONS

Our team members are well trained and dedicated to make a difference for each and every person we are privileged to serve. No question is too small or insignificant for us to answer. Please give us feedback as your opinions and ideas are very important to us.

CONTACT US

Please browse through our website for more detailed information on the services that we offer. To schedule an appointment, simply contact our office to schedule an appointment online or request an appointment and one of our team members will be in touch shortly thereafter.

Contact us to get started at the Markiewicz Dental. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

 

Sleep Apnea and Dentistry

September 23rd, 2019

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, Drs. Anthony and David Markiewicz are dedicated to providing comprehensive dental services and treatments to improve not only your smile, but also your overall quality of life.  What sets us apart, is how we continually strive to offer new treatment options for our patients.

How's your Sleep Hygiene?

Anyone who has suffered a stuffed-up nose, can attest to the connection between breathing sleep.  If you can’t breathe through your nose, it’s tough to get a good night’s sleep.

Why is Sleep Important?

Simply put, sleep is the foundation of healthy living.  It is important to eat the right foods, get enough physical activity, and refrain from unhealthy habits, but if you don’t get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted refreshing sleep every night, it becomes very difficult to remain healthy.  Many Americans are suffering from a lack of sleep.  Some studies estimate as many at 35% of Americans suffer from some sort of sleep issue.   Often, sleep problems are related to breathing disorders.  These conditions are commonly known as Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB).  They describe a variety of problems that occur as a person tries to breathe while sleeping, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS).

How often do you awaken feeling refreshed?

If you frequently awaken feeling tired and find yourself having to navigate the day in a haze, you are not alone.  According to a poll conducted by YouGov, only 4 in 10 Americans wake feeling refreshed each day.

Lack of quality sleep can result in:

  • Frequent fatigue, excess daytime sleepiness, or lack of feeling refreshed after a night’s sleep
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Congestive heart failure along with nocturnal angina or cardiovascular disease
  • Contribute to  being overweight or obese
  • Loud snoring, or pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Waking up frequently, especially with choking
  • Cognitive problems such as memory loss
  • Depression, irritability, moodiness
  • Poor performance at work or in school
  • Frequent need to urinate throughout the night

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a serious but common disorder that causes breathing to become shallow or even pause altogether. These lapses in breathing can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and can occur up to 30 times each hour. Normal breathing often resumes after a loud snort or choking noise.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), is only one of the medical conditions referred to as Sleep Related Disorders (SRD).  Sleep Related Disorders are a group of medical conditions that are characterized by abnormalities in the quality or pattern of breathing during sleep. These include snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), and the most serious, (OSA) obstructive sleep apnea.  Early recognition of these conditions can often prevent progression to the Sleep Apnea.

All of these conditions involve restriction of the airway and compromised breathing. These conditions also always involve mouth breathing.  With snoring and upper respiratory resistance syndrome (UARS), the airway is partially blocked but the nervous system remains functioning properly. If diagnosed early, these can be treated before they become apnea and prevent more significant health consequences.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by pauses in breathing, known as apneic events. During these events, the blood oxygen level drops, and often called the response known as "fight or flight response releases releasing adrenalin, raising blood pressure, and increasing heart rate. The patient rarely awakens fully during these events, and therefore is not consciously aware that breathing stopped. However, he or she experiences the same physiological effects that accompany panic, resulting in fragmented sleep.  Numerous health problems can be prevented or alleviated by addressing the Sleep Related Disorder.

What Does Dentistry Have to Do with Sleep?

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, when our patients complain about “bad sleep” we pay particular attention to their teeth and jaw. What state is their enamel in? If the enamel is worn down it’s either a sign that our patient is grinding their teeth in their sleep or indicative of acid erosion, possibly from an airway issue. We also observe our patient’s jaw – does it seem properly aligned or is it misaligned which could lead to snoring or sleep apnea?  Both of these conditions result in poor sleep both for our patient and perhaps their bedmate.

If we suspect that snoring, sleep apnea, or other sleep disordered breathing is the culprit for you, we will ask you questions regarding your recent well-being: Do you ever wake up with a dry mouth? Do you suffer from insomnia? How often do you feel fatigued all day long? As well as many more that provide insight into what might be occurring for you.

An accurate diagnosis is imperative to successful treatment.  We examine your teeth, jaw, tongue, tonsils and airway and x-rays for up-to-date images of your entire mouth structure. We may also recommend you take home our home sleep screening test which collects data and depending on the results, we may recommend you take your report to your MD for further testing or recommend you begin the Seattle Protocol.

The treatment of Sleep Related Disorders is a rapidly evolving.  As Dentists, we routinely treat the more serious SRD known as Sleep Apnea using a variety of Oral Appliances.  A dentist can fabricate a sleep appliance when prescribed by a physician after a sleep study and a diagnosis have been obtained.

Often, we can detect and treat less serious SRD before they progress to OSA.  Current research demonstrates how Obstructive Sleep Apnea develops over time.  As most airway issues are environmental, not genetic, things in our life experience create the problem.  The foods we eat, the air we breathe, and possibly the most important, how we breathe (Mouth vs. nasal breathing) all can contribute to SRD. This also means that we can influence their development back to the way it was intended, if we do the right thing. The first steps would be to return to nasal breathing and open the airway.

Oftentimes, we will see a patient in distress with probable apnea and the related complications. However, often we will discover a patient with no obstruction, but rather flow limitation issues. This condition is called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), which also has serious medical and social consequences due to inadequate sleep. Screening for these conditions provides an efficient, non-invasive and cost-effective way to uncover and treat patients when the condition is more manageable.  At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we have screening tools to help uncover and help prevent disease progression.  We can improve patients’ lives and potentially prevent diseases both now and in the future. The goal is detecting, understanding and managing SDB to optimally improve the quality of a patient's life.

Who suffers from Sleep Related Disorders?

It is not just the older, heavier individual:

  • Children-If recognized early, we can improve the lives of children.   Children who can’t breathe struggle.  Airway issues affect development and have been linked to issues such as ADHD.
  • The mature, over weight individual.
  • The younger, fit individual who may suffer from headaches, tooth grinding, gastric reflux, and jaw pain.

Screening patients is within the scope of work for dentists.  As the American Dental Association states, dentists should:

  • Assess patient risk for sleep-breathing disorders as part of a comprehensive medical and dental history and refer affected patients to appropriate physicians.
  • Evaluate the use of oral appliance therapy and provide it for mild and moderate OSA when CPAP fails.
  • Identify and address the side effects of oral appliance therapy.
  • Communicate patients’ treatment progress with referring physician and other healthcare providers.

If an SRD is uncovered, appropriate referrals to ENT, orthodontists, oral surgeons and sleep specialists may be necessary.

Current research also shows the relationship between dentistry and breathing related disorders.  In children, breathing issues will affect development of the jaws and facial structures and in adults, dental conditions can affect breathing and breathing difficulties can affect dental health.  Breathing disorders and dental conditions also interrelate. Clenching and/or grinding the teeth, sensitivity, receding gums, periodontal disease, and tooth decay are the dental problems which can be related to compromised airway.

Early intervention can prevent the progression of sleep-related diseases and the negative toll it takes on patients’ overall health, growth, and development. As more research is published about the progressive nature of SRD, dental care providers are on the forefront for early detection. Many signs and symptoms of SRD begin in early childhood and can be uncovered dental visits.   At each dental visit we must look for signs of erosive or destructive wear and be aware of mouth breathing.  It is possible that possible causes for chronic pain and headaches could be related.

Seattle Protocol

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we are excited to have implemented Airway Screening, testing, and the Seattle Protocol.

The Seattle Protocol was pioneered by two dentists in the Seattle, Washington, area. The six-step process helps patients who struggle with obstructive sleep apnea or other sleep disordered breathing conditions like upper airway resistance syndrome.

For some, thinking of sleep apnea conjures up visions of a restless night’s sleep and CPAP machines. While these are certainly the experiences of some patients with this condition, the Seattle Protocol can help many patients with sleep disordered breathing determine if an airway compromise is contributing to their ailments.

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we utilize the SleepImage® System.  It is an FDA cleared Medical Software that accurately and objectively measures sleep quality, sleep duration and sleep pathology based on single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings.  It is a simple at home testing system. 

Seattle Protocol Step 1: Nose Breathing and Mouth Taping

The first step in the Seattle Protocol is to gently train your body to breathe through your nose, not your mouth. Breathing through your mouth during sleep can lead to snoring and dry mouth. The Seattle Protocol encourages nose breathing by adding a strip of paper tape vertically across the center of your lips. The light adhesive of the tape keeps your lips together but is easy and painless to remove.

Step 2: Temporary Splint for Lower Jaw and Mouth Taping

Once you’ve adjusted to the mouth taping, the second step of the protocol adds a temporary splint for your lower jaw while you sleep. Adding this splint increases the vertical dimension of your jaw and allows more airway space.

Step 3: Temporary Splint for Lower Jaw with Lower Jaw Pulled Forward and Mouth Taping

If adding the lower splint only isn’t giving you the restful sleep you deserve, we move onto the next stage of the protocol. In this step, we add an element that pulls your lower jaw forward. This realigns your jaw and increases your airway space not only vertically, but horizontally as well. This also can give your tongue more of the space it requires.

Step 4: Temporary Splint for Lower and Upper Jaw with Mouth Taping

With all steps of the Seattle Protocol, if you aren’t getting relief from the previous step, we move on. In this step, we remove the forward jaw posturing component and add a splint for your upper jaw. You then go to sleep with splints on your upper and lower teeth and your jaw is free to move. This stage allows for additional vertical height, opening up your airway, but without restricting the jaw muscles into any one strict position.

Step 5: Temporary Splint for Lower and Upper Jaw with Lower Jaw Pulled Forward and Mouth Taping

If you need to continue in the protocol, step five again adds a horizontal component by linking the upper and lower splints together and moving the lower jaw forward. The intent, as always, is to continue to open your airway more and more.

Step 6: Temporary Splint for Lower and Upper Jaw with Lower Jaw Progressively Pulled Forward and Mouth Taping

If you still aren’t getting that good night’s sleep, we move to the final stage of the Seattle Protocol. In this stage, we keep moving your lower jaw forward, incrementally, until you feel well-rested.

While there are six steps in the Seattle Protocol, you may not necessarily go through the entire process. The purpose of the protocol is to help us understand which step provides the best relief. Typically, the further you progress in the process, the more help your airway needs. If we find that you only get positive results in steps 4, 5, or 6, then looking at oral surgery options to expand your airway might be the best long-term solution.

The Seattle Protocol is a gradual, gentle, and reversible process that helps us identify solutions for our patients with airway issues. It not only can help you get a better night’s sleep, but it can lead to an excellent path to better overall health and wellness. If you snore, spend your nights tossing and turning, have anxiety or depression, have acid reflux, or just simply feel tired all the time, we may recommend starting with the Seattle Protocol to help improve your life!

Nasal Breathing

Normal breathing is done through the nose. The nostrils  filter, warm, moisturize, dehumidify and smell the air.

Babies are born nose breathers, but somewhere along the way nose breathing can change to mouth breathing, with negative consequences. The most obvious adverse effect of mouth breathing is dryness of the mouth, leading to inflamed tonsils, tonsil stones, dry cough, swollen tongue, bad breath, swollen gums and cavities.

Normal respiration follows a gentle wave pattern with 10 to 12 breaths per minute. Mouth breathers take too many breaths, with rates from 12 to 20 breaths per minute or more. Breathing delivers oxygen to the cells of the body and removes excess carbon dioxide.  Carbon dioxide triggers breathing, maintains blood pH and prevents smooth muscle spasms. All of these functions are reduced or impaired in mouth breathers.

Surprisingly, oxygen is absorbed on the exhale, not on the inhale. The back pressure created in the lungs with the slower exhale of nose breathing allows more time for the lungs to transfer oxygen to the blood. This exchange requires carbon dioxide. Exhaling through the mouth blows the carbon dioxide out too quickly, resulting in less oxygen being absorbed. The reason nasal breathing results in more oxygen being absorbed is nitric oxide is released in the nasal cavity and inhaled with nose breathing. Nitric oxide increases the efficiency of oxygen exchange by 18 percent. There is no nitric oxide inhaled with mouth breathing, therefore less oxygen is absorbed.

Reduced oxygen absorption leads to a cascade of sleep, stamina, energy level and ADHD problems. Children diagnosed with ADHD may in fact be mouth breathers who are simply sleep deprived.  Mouth breathing related problems of skeletal development will set children up for obstructive sleep apnea later in life. In addition to changes in development of the jaws, the airway is constricted, predisposing the child sleep problems.

It may seem logical that mouth breathing occurs because the nose is congested, but that is not always the case. The brain of a mouth breather thinks carbon dioxide is being lost too quickly from the nose and stimulates the goblet cells to produce mucous in the nose to slow the breathing. This creates a vicious circle of mouth breathing triggering mucous formation, nasal passages blocking, leading to more mouth breathing. So in fact, mouth breathing can cause nasal congestion leading to more mouth breathing.

If you need help with Sleep or Breathing related issues, schedule an appointment. At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, what sets us apart is our commitment to you, our valued patients. We focus on delivering the kind of outstanding experience that exceeds your expectations. Not only do we strive to make every phone call and every office visit an exceptional experience, but we also strive to make every dental restoration exceptional.

Contact our Mundelein office or schedule an appointment online.

 

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we help you achieve good oral health and good overall health.

September 2019 Update

September 9th, 2019

We hope you had a wonderful summer!

Our team is excited for the many changes and upgrades taking place here at Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein.  We are happy to welcome our new dentist, Dr. David Markiewicz and Holly, our newest Business Team member.  They bring with them great enthusiasm and a dedication to help us provide you the best dental experience possible.  Our team photo shoot took place this past week, so look for updated team photos and bios coming soon to our website.

Trust that we are always working to make your experiences with our even office better!  While I can’t dance, I still compare to our planning and training to choreography.  As a team, we regularly review each area of our practice to determine what we can do to improve the quality and efficiency of the services we provide.  We may not always be perfect, but we are continually improving.

To make your experience with our office better, we have:

  • Expanded our hours: We now have appointments until 7:00 pm some evenings
  • Added On-line Scheduling: Schedule Now
  • For Your Comfort we have added Single Tooth Anesthesia: A great option, often allowing numbing of only the tooth to be treated!  This allows much quicker recovery after dental procedures.
  • Airway Prosthodontics: What’s that you ask?  It is turning out that many pediatric and adult dental and medical conditions can often be related to upper airway resistance.  This is a new and exciting area of dentistry.  Watch for updates, as we will begin rolling our program shortly.
  • Redecorated: We hope you like our redecorating.  David and his wife Erica did a wonderful job refreshing our décor!

  • Updated our Website: We continue to improve our website.  We want our website to be your go-to spot for dental information.  We have added many topics and videos to help aid your understanding of all that dentistry encompasses.  Checkout all our website has to offer.
  • For your enjoyment we made Netflix and Spotify available in our treatment rooms.  Children love watching movies while being treated.

Trust as always that Dr. David and I are continually improving our knowledge and skills.  Dr. David and I are both members of the Elite Dental Study Club and The Spear Center for Continuing Dental Education.  Dr. David will be attending an Implant Mini-Residency in October and we both will be attending a workshop at the prestigious Spear Center for Continuing Dental Education in November.

 

 

 

Why Adults Should Care About Baby Teeth

September 9th, 2019

Dr. David Markiewicz

 

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.  That begins as early as 1 year old.  We are your dental office for Children’s Dentistry.  At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, what sets us apart is our commitment to you, our valued patients.  We focus on delivering the kind of outstanding experience that exceeds your expectations.  We strive to make every phone call and every office visit an exceptional experience.  That includes children.  We have been serving our community since 1988 and we even treat four generations of some families!!

Each of us will have two sets of teeth in our lifetime: baby teeth and adult teeth. Although baby teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth, they can be just as important. They help your child chew, speak, smile, and they hold space for the adult teeth. So, how can you best take care of your child’s teeth before they fall out? Well, it all starts with taking care of your own teeth.

Many studies have proven that children are more likely to have decay on baby teeth if their parents have decay on their adult teeth. Dental decay occurs when specific bacteria build up on the tooth and eat away at its surface. Preventing decay in baby teeth is important for your child’s oral and overall health. If a child has untreated dental decay, it can lead to unnecessary pain, expensive dental bills, missed school days, and early loss of their baby teeth. Losing baby teeth earlier than expected can cause crowding of the adult teeth.

Babies are not born with the bacteria that causes dental decay. Instead, the bacteria is often transferred to them from their parents. When you share spoons or forks with your child, lick their pacifier when it falls on the floor, or even give them a kiss on the lips, you can transfer harmful bacteria without realizing. Try to avoid acts that might move saliva from you to your child. Transferring some saliva is bound to happen, so visit the dentist regularly and brush your teeth to limit the amount of decay-causing bacteria in your own mouth.

After you brush your teeth, help your child brush theirs. Studies have shown that a child’s brushing habits are largely influenced by their parents. Daily brushing and flossing is the best way to limit tooth decay. Encouraging and teaching your child to brush their teeth can have a lasting impact on their oral hygiene, well into their adult years. Most children cannot effectively brush on their own until they are eight-years-old, so it is important that you continue to help them as they grow up. Assist them and teach them to brush their teeth two times a day for two minutes with fluoridated tooth paste. The fluoride strengthens the surface of baby and adult teeth, which further prevents decay. Children who have dental decay on their baby teeth are more likely to develop dental decay on their adult teeth, so forming healthy habits early is not only good for their baby teeth, but also their adult teeth.

Even though your child will lose their baby teeth, they should be cared for as if they were permanent. Maintaining baby teeth largely falls on the adults who care for them. Simply keeping your own teeth healthy and brushing your teeth regularly can have a positive impact on your child’s oral health. By helping prevent dental decay and forming good oral hygiene habits with your children, you can help them keep their smiles for a lifetime.

Drs. David and Anthony Markiewicz can help your child develop great habits that will help your child keep their teeth for a lifetime.

Works Cited:

Borges H, Saliba Garbín C, Saliba O, Saliba N, Saliba Moimaz S. Socio-behavioral factors influence prevalence and severity of dental caries in children with primary dentition. Brazilian Oral Research [serial online]. November 2012;26(6):564-570. Available from: Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source, Ipswich, MA. Accessed September10, 2017.

Hall-Scullin E, Whitehead H, Milsom K, Tickle M, Su T, Walsh T. Longitudinal Study of Caries Development from Childhood to Adolescence. Journal Of Dental Research [serial online]. July 2017;96(7):762-767. Available from: Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source, Ipswich, MA. Accessed September 10, 2017.

Sujlana A, Pannu P. Family related factors associated with caries prevalence in the primary dentition of five-year-old children. Journal Of The Indian Society Of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry [serial online]. April 2015;33(2):83-87. Available from: Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source, Ipswich, MA. Accessed September 10, 2017.

SKEIE M, RAADAL M, STRAND G, ESPELID I. The relationship between caries in the primary dentition at 5 years of age and permanent dentition at 10 years of age – a longitudinal study. International Journal Of Paediatric Dentistry [serial online]. May 2006;16(3):152-160. Available from: Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source, Ipswich, MA.Accessed September 10, 2017.

Can Veneers Improve Your Smile?

July 1st, 2019

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we help improve our patients lives through quality dentistry.  Veneers are just one of the many Cosmetic Dental treatments we offer at Markiewicz Dental.  Many of our patients have chosen to improve their smiles with veneers.  Here are some reasons why:

Let us begin with: What is a Veneer?

Dental veneers are thin pieces of tooth-colored restorative material applied to the front surfaces of your natural teeth.  They are usually porcelain or resin.   Resin veneers are placed in one visit, while porcelain veneers require multiple visits.  Our doctors at Markiewicz Dental would be happy to discuss your options.

Process for Porcelain Veneers

Why would you consider veneers?

Easily Whiten Your Smile

Years of drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes or eating highly pigmented foods eventually take their toll on your teeth, turning them an unattractive shade of yellow or brown. Stained enamel can be whitened at home or at our office, but they can become stained again. If you're looking for a way to whiten your smile permanently, dental veneers may be a good fit for you. Veneers are largely stain-resistant, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), so you won't have to worry about discoloration or needing to have your veneers whitened.

Fix Minor Cosmetic Problems

Slightly crooked or gapped teeth can be treated with braces or other orthodontic treatments, but these problems can sometimes be helped with veneers as well. Veneers are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth – so although they don't change their positions, they do camouflage minor orthodontic problems once they're applied. Your natural teeth may still be gapped or crooked, but nobody will know aside from you and your dentist.

It's important to note that veneers can't always replace orthodontic treatment.

Replace Damaged Enamel

Enamel is strong, but not indestructible. Your enamel may still be worn down from overzealous tooth brushing or eaten away by highly acidic foods and drinks. The stomach acid associated with acid reflux disease can also damage your enamel. This can become a cause for concern, because lost enamel doesn't grow back. Fortunately, it can be replaced. Veneers are an excellent treatment for teeth with enamel abrasion or enamel erosion.

At Markiewicz Dental, we are committed to improving our patients lives through better dentistry. If you have questions about veneers or any other dental concern, call us at 847.566.2811 or request an appointment.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

June 22nd, 2019

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns are restorations that allow us to restore a damaged tooth to full function.  When a tooth is too damaged to restore with a filling, a crown is often the restoration of choice to create a functional and aesthetic restoration.  These days, most crowns are tooth colored, although we at Markiewicz Dental do fabricate gold crowns when appropriate. Tooth colored crowns are not only very strong and durable, but also very aesthetic, so they can be placed on both front and back teeth.

At Markiewicz Dental use only the highest quality local dental laboratories.  Because we care for your health, we also require our laboratories to certify the materials used in the restorations we place.  We use only high noble metals in crown, and bridges and use sophisticated crowns such as zirconia and e.max  (non metal/ all ceramic crowns). You will never find any toxic materials in crowns or bridges or any prosthesis that we place in your mouth.

We at Markiewicz Dental also pride ourselves in matching crown color to your teeth.   Among the various cutting-edge pieces of technology we use is the VITA Easyshade®.  This tool is a “spectrophotometer”, which measures the spectrum of light that passes through a tooth—or, in layman’s terms, identifies a tooth’s color. This handheld device helps us match the color of our treatments to the color of your natural teeth. Using a sensor and innovative software, it identifies your tooth-shade, and aids in the creation of new restorations.

 A Dental Bridge is a restoration used to replace a missing tooth/teeth.  In addition to Implant Crowns and Removable Partial Dentures, Dental Bridges are one of the options we at Markiewicz Dental offer to replace missing teeth.  Dental Bridges are fabricated with the same high quality materials as our Dental Crowns.  A consultation at Markiewicz Dental will help you decide which restoration is appropriate for your situation.

We at Markiewicz Dental are Mundelein Dentists who are committed to helping our patients improve the quality of their lives through quality dental care.  Contact our office to find out how we can help you by calling 847.566.2811.

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June Newsletter: We welcome Dr. David

June 17th, 2019

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Catch up on Markiewicz Dental News in our June Newsletter!!

June 10th, 2019

Between the dates of June 10th and July 10th, Markiewicz Dental is running a giveaway for a Quip bundle, which includes a new Quip electric toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste, and a travel toothpaste. Two winners will be chosen.

In order to be eligible participants must follow the two steps below:
1. Like us on either Facebook and/or Instagram
- Facebook: Markiewicz Dental
- Instagram: @markiewiczdental
2. In the comments section of either our FB or Instagram post, comment the name of someone you’d recommend Markiewicz Dental to.

Winners will be chosen at random and announced on both our Facebook and Instagram and notified via direct message.

Good luck!

Bubble Challenge Week 3!!

April 14th, 2019

Don't forget to enter the Markiewicz Dental Bubble Challenge and raise awareness of Oral Cancer and enter to win one of five Quip Toothbrushes.

I sent David Markiewicz on a mission to get a photo of Tiger blowing a bubble to enter him in the Bubble Challenge.  Phones not allowed into Augusta though.

When you see David, be sure to ask him how he got to experience Tiger's win at the Masters.

 

 

Oral Cancer Awareness Bubble Challenge

April 1st, 2019

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  Our dentists and dental hygienists are often the only health professionals who complete a through examination of your oral cavity, head, and neck.

Join us in promoting Oral Cancer Awareness Month by participating in the Markiewicz Dental Bubble Challenge.  Many Oral Cancer patients have had their mouths reconstructed, teeth removed, palates removed, pieces of their tongues removed, and simply cannot ever chew gum again…or blow a bubble.  Join us by submitting a photo of yourself blowing a bubble, or stop in the office  We will have a bowl of sugarless bubble gum.  Blow a bubble and we will take a photo for you, or if you are like Dr. Markiewicz, who can't blow a bubble, just send a photo of yourself.

For every entry photo received during the month of April 2019, we at Markiewicz Dental, will donate $5.00 per photo ($250.00 maximum) to Oral Cancer Cause.

Enter to win one of (5) five Quip Toothbrushes by joining our Markiewicz Dental Bubble Challenge. 

Blow a bubble, take a photo, and send it to us.  It's that simple!!

Markiewicz Dental Bubble Challenge

Some Oral Cancer Frequently Asked Questions

Submitted by Nitin Pagedar, MD; Jeffrey Liu, MD; Neil Gross, MD

For the American Head and Neck Society Education Committee

BASIC FACTS

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancers start in a part of the mouth: the lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, floor of mouth, or roof of the mouth (the palate). As they grow, they can come to involve the bones of the upper or lower jaw, they can spread to lymph nodes in the neck, or they can spread elsewhere in the body. Most oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, which is a cancer that comes from the lining on the inside of the mouth.

What causes oral cancer?

Tobacco and alcohol use are the strongest risk factors for oral cancer. All forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco, put users at risk of cancer. Tobacco and alcohol are both risk factors by themselves, but the risks are even greater for people who use both.

Is oral cancer related to human papillomavirus (HPV)?

In recent years, human papillomavirus (HPV) has been found to cause an increasing number of cancers of the oropharynx, which is part of the throat.  Cancers in the oropharynx (part of the throat) and oral cavity (the mouth) are not the same. To the best of our knowledge, HPV causes only a very small percentage of oral cancers.

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

The most common symptom of oral cancer is pain, usually in the form of a non-healing sore which can appear white and/or red. A new lump in the neck that does not go away after several weeks can also be a sign of oral cancer.

Whom should I see if I think I might have oral cancer?

Dentists and primary care physicians can provide advice or referral to an appropriate specialist, most often an otolaryngologist (ENT) or oral surgeon. If oral cancer is identified, then it is usually managed by a specially trained head and neck surgeon.

How is oral cancer treated?

Oral cancer is usually first treated with surgery.  Radiation and/or chemotherapy therapy are sometimes recommended after surgery depending on the exact nature of the cancer.  See the treatment section below for more details.

As always, don't hesitate to contact us with questions.

We strive to provide the best care possible.  Our team is passionate about learning and continuously improving.  The pace of change can be both exciting and overwhelming.  Trust that we at Markiewicz Dental will always be improving.

Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctors and staff - we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

Here at the dental office of Dr. Anthony Markiewicz, we believe everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile. That’s why we’re proud to provide comprehensive dental services in a friendly and professional environment to our neighbors in Mundelein, Hawthorn Woods, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, Wauconda, and all of Lake County. If you have any questions related to dental health or the services we provide in our dental office, please feel free to give us a call at 847-566-2811, reach out to us at our contact page, or schedule an appointment online. We can’t wait to help you obtain a gorgeous smile. From everyone here at Anthony Markiewicz Dentistry, we wish all the best.

Welcome to Our Blog

March 15th, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about orthodontics and the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice.

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