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Dr. David's Authors Corner

February 17th, 2020

Dr. David’s Book Recommendation:
Range by: David Epstein

I love to read.  My love of reading led to my authoring my first children's book; Dentists Are Monsters  (available on Amazon or direct through our office).   I thought I would share my thoughts on some of my favorite books.  This month I review Range.

Before I do that, let me share a few photos of class room visits I've made this month.  Contact me if you would like to arrange a visit.

Although I love what I do, I admit that I have interests outside of dentistry. I enjoy writing, visiting art museums, and running, among other things. Shouldn't I just concentrate on dentistry?  Malcolm Gladwell would suggest that I need to focus on getting my 10,000 hours of practice to be any good at dentistry.  If practice makes perfect, why should I do anything other than dentistry?

First of all, my wife Erica may object.  We have only been married a year and she still likes to spend time with me.  Secondly, life would be boring!

So, what does David Epstein have to say?

Ah, good, he thinks we need some diversity in our lives.  He challenges this notion that repetition and specialization is the only way to achieve success. In his book, Range, Epstein makes the argument that generalists, not specialists, are the ones primed for success. He makes the case that professionals who cross domains and have range are more likely to thrive.

Epstein begins with a couple of stories. This first one, you probably know well.  See if you can guess who these athletes are:

The boy's father could tell something was different. At six months old, the boy could balance on his father's palm as he walked through their home. At 10 months he could climb down from his high chair, trundle over to a golf club that had been cut down to size and imitate the swing he'd been watching in the garage. At two—an age when physical developmental milestones include "kicks a ball" and "stands on tiptoe"—he went on national television and used a shoulder-height club to drive a ball past an admiring Bob Hope. That same year he entered his first tournament and won the 10-and-under division.

At eight, the son beat his father for the first time. The father didn't mind, because he was convinced that his boy was singularly talented, and that he was uniquely equipped to help him. The boy was already famous by the time he reached Stanford, and soon his father opened up about his importance. His son would have a larger impact than Nelson Mandela, than Gandhi, than Buddha, he insisted. "He has a larger forum than any of them," he said. "I don't know yet exactly what form this will take. But he is the Chosen One."

This second story, you also probably know. You might not recognize it at first.

His mom was a coach, but she never coached him. He would kick a ball around with her when he learned to walk. As a boy, he played squash with his father on Sundays. He dabbled in skiing, wrestling, swimming and skateboarding. He played basketball, handball, tennis, table tennis, and soccer at school. "I was always very much more interested if a ball was involved," he would say.

Though his mother taught tennis, she decided against working with him. "He would have just upset me anyway," she said. "He tried out every strange stroke and certainly never returned a ball normally. That is simply no fun for a mother." Rather than pushy, a Sports Illustrated writer would observe that his parents were "pully." Nearing his teens, the boy began to gravitate more toward tennis, and "if they nudged him at all, it was to stop taking tennis so seriously."

As a teenager, he became good enough to warrant an interview with the local newspaper. His mother was appalled to read that, when asked what he would buy with a hypothetical first paycheck from tennis, her son answered, "a Mercedes." She was relieved when the reporter let her listen to a recording of the interview. There'd been a mistake: The boy had said "mehr CDs," in Swiss German. He simply wanted "more CDs."

The boy was competitive, no doubt. But when his tennis instructors decided to move him up to a group with older players, he asked to move back so he could stay with his friends. After all, part of the fun was hanging around after his lessons.

By the time he finally gave up other sports to focus on tennis, other kids had long since been working with strength coaches, sports psychologists and nutritionists. But it didn't seem to hamper his development. In his mid-30s, an age by which even legendary players are typically retired, he would still be ranked No. 1 in the world.

If you have not guessed, these are the stories of Tiger Woods and Roger Federer.  Two athletes who have achieved success by completely different paths.

"Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.”

For those looking for a great non-fiction book, I highly recommend Range by David Epstein. It gives hope to all of us who have ever struggled, changed careers, or have interests outside of our immediate field.

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we offer a diverse range of dental services. We provide comprehensive adult dentistry and children's dentistry.   Whether you need a dental cleaning, crowns, root canal, implant, cosmetic dentistry, filling, or denture, we deliver exceptional patient experiences each and every time you visit our office.  What sets us apart is our superior team.  Contact us for an appointment or questions.

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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.

 

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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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.

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.

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