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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Dr. David's Childrens Book

January 7th, 2020

Dentists are Monsters by Dr. David Markiewicz

As Featured in the ADA News

Dentists are Monsters is Dr. David Markiewicz’s debut children’s book.  It is a beautifully illustrated story written to help ease children’s fear of the dentist.

As a general dentist practicing in Mundelein, IL, Dr. Markiewicz often sees children who are initially afraid of the dentist.  “Let’s face it; a dental office can initially be a scary place for children.  Nearly 75% of all adults and children experience some sort of dental anxiety.  I wanted to create a story that could help parents reduce the anxiety a child may have when preparing to visit the dentist.” Said Dr. David.

My story is told through the eyes of Tony the Tooth.  Tony is a new tooth, having just erupted into the mouth full of teeth.  The older teeth begin scaring Tony with frightening stories of the dentist.

Tony becomes fearful when he learns they are going to the dentist. Does the dentist really wear a mask because she can breathe fire like a dragon?  He hopes not!

Dentists are Monsters helps parents teach children that many of the perceptions causing a fear of the dentist just are not true.  Visiting the dentist doesn’t need to be scary and can often be rewarding.  In his practice, Dr. David is able to make each individual patient he sees feel comfortable.  He hopes Dentists are Monsters can help spread the message that dentists shouldn’t be feared to a larger audience.

Dr. David spent over two years writing and working with his illustrator, Adela Rezna.

Dr. David stated; “I love dentistry.  It has been a very rewarding career choice.  Whether it is relieving pain, restoring an individual’s ability to eat, or creating a great smile, as dentists, we improve our patient’s lives.   A lifetime of dental health needs to begin as a child.  I hope Dentists are Monsters can help make children more comfortable when visiting the dentist and help set the table for a lifetime of dental health.”

Dentists are Monsters is available directly from our office or on Amazon.

Dr. David Markiewicz is available for interviews, book readings/signings, and speaking events. For inquiries, please contact Dr. David directly at drdavid@markiewicz.dental or phone the office at 847.566.2811.

Oral Hygiene

September 28th, 2019

Oral Hygiene

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we partner with our patients to help them keep their teeth for a lifetime.   Yes, it is a partnership!  We provide the great dental care while coaching our patients to great oral hygiene.

What does good oral hygiene mean to you?

  • A pearly-white smile?
  • Fresh smelling breath?
  • Feeling that squeaky-clean sensation all around your teeth and tongue?

All of these can be indicators about the state of your oral health — and they're often the first thing people notice when they meet you. But getting your teeth, gums and mouth really clean, and maintaining that healthy state throughout the day (and in the months between professional dental cleanings) can be challenging.

Of course, there's much more to oral hygiene than just a bright smile. Take tooth decay, for example: Despite all our efforts, it's still the single most common chronic disease of childhood, affecting two-thirds of U.S. kids aged 12-19. It is five times more common than asthma, seven times more common than hay fever — and it's almost totally preventable. Several other diseases commonly affect the mouth, including periodontitis (gum disease), which, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and possibly systemic (whole-body) inflammation.

In many ways, the health of the mouth mirrors the health of the body. Diseases in other parts of the body often cause symptoms we can observe in the mouth; likewise, oral maladies (like tooth loss) not only reduce an individual's quality of life, but may also lead to problems in other areas. That's another reason why maintaining good oral hygiene is so important.

MAINTAINING YOUR ORAL HEALTH

Regular dental visits play a critical role in maintaining your oral health — not only to find and correct any problems with teeth or gums, but also to assess the general condition of your oral health, point out potential trouble spots, and offer suggestions for preventive care. Between visits, the best way to keep your teeth clean and free of disease, your gums pink and healthy, and your breath fresh, is a program of daily oral hygiene. Your regular routine must remove the bacteria which cause the most common dental issues, primarily cavities and gum disease.  It is all about removing the bacteria!

BUSHING AND FLOSSING

It is said that you should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once daily, but some of you can’t floss, or at least not very well.  When a dental professional refers to flossing, we really mean removing bacterial plaque that forms between your teeth.  Brushing and rinsing doesn’t clean those areas.  Bacteria thrives, untouched, causing inflammation and decay.  The surface area of the tissue between your teeth is larger than you probably imagine.  It is about the size of the palm of your hand.  Imagine never washing the palm of your hand!  Yikes, that’s a disgusting thought.

So, what do you do?  Our Hygienists are Preventive Dentistry Specialists who will prescribe appropriate tools to help you clean between your teeth.  A WaterPik, AirFlosser, SoftPiks, Interdental Brushes, SuperFloss, Floss Threaders…. Are some of the options.  Let the dental professionals at Markiewicz Dental coach you to excellent Oral Hygiene.

What does Dr. David have to say about toothbrushes

Flouride 

Make sure you're getting the proper amount of fluoride. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel — it's essential for children's developing teeth, and helps prevent decay in both kids and adults. Even if your municipal water is fluoridated, you should always use fluoride toothpaste. If more fluoride is needed, it can be applied directly to your teeth here at the dental office. 

Diet

Limit between-meal snacks. Sugary snacks are the perfect fuel for decay-causing bacteria — and when eaten throughout the day, they keep the acid constantly on the attack. So, give your mouth a break, and limit sugary treats to mealtime.  Also, don’t sip on those sugary drinks.  They can be very harmful to your teeth.

Mouth Rinses

Use an appropriate Mouth Rinses — especially if you're at increased risk. Therapeutic Mouth Rinses do more than temporarily mask bad smells or tastes in your mouth — they can improve your overall oral hygiene. While some over-the counter products offer primarily “cosmetic” benefits, therapeutic rinses contain anti-bacterial and anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients. Using a therapeutic Mouth Rinses has been proven to control plaque bacteria and prevent cavities better than brushing and flossing alone.

See What Dr. David has to say about Mouth Rinses

Quit tobacco

Whether smoked or smokeless, tobacco use greatly increases your risk of oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay (not to mention heart disease and lung cancer … but you already knew that). If you use tobacco, ask us how to quit now.

Examine your mouth regularly. Once you've established a regular routine, you'll quickly recognize any changes in your mouth — like chipped teeth, red or swollen gums, or unusual sores. If you find something of concern, let us know. Early treatment offers the best chance to remedy many problems.

A major goal of modern dentistry is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. By following a conscientious program of oral hygiene, you have the best chance at making this goal a reality.

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundeleinwhat sets us apart is our commitment to you, our valued patients. Drs. Anthony and David Markiewicz 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.

Whether it is greeting you by name with a warm, friendly smile, doing our very best to remain on schedule to minimize or eliminate your wait time, or taking that extra few minutes to make sure you fully understand your treatment, financial arrangements, or post-operative instructions, we promise that you will be treated in the manner that we would like to be treated if we were you.

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we have been improving lives through quality dentistry since 1988. Our focus is to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Our patients benefit from the quality, long-term dental health care they receive in our office. We hope that you agree and will join our family of very satisfied patients.

If you're interested in learning more about our practice or scheduling an appointment, we’re here to help. Call or contact us or schedule an appointment online!

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.

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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