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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.

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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.

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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.

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March 15th, 2019

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