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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
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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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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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