Muscular TMD and Fibromyalgia

Do you suffer from the chronic muscle and nerve pain of fibromyalgia? Do you also deal with chronic jaw pain? You may have a special type of fibromyalgia called muscular temporomandibular joint disorder.  Muscular TMD Muscular TMD differs from Joint TMD because it attacks the muscles and nerve tissues involved in chewing and those of… Read more »

Meditations for the Dentist Chair

We all know that dental health is crucial to overall well-being. However, for some of us, fear of the dentist keeps us from enjoying all the preventive benefits of regular checkups. If you are looking for a way to cope with dental phobia, Dr. Fondriest offers sedation dentistry, as well as an inviting and relaxing… Read more »

Prevent the Spread of the Flu and Common Cold

As we’re entering the last few months of the year, cases of the flu and the common cold seem like they’re popping up left and right. Even if you choose not to get a flu shot, there are precautions you can take to keep these common viruses from spreading to yourself and your loved ones…. Read more »

The History of the Toothbrush

Most of us take our toothbrushes for granted. We can buy them in different colors, sizes, and textures for as little as 97 cents. They seem like a cheap little tool. However, toothbrushes protect our teeth from cavities, gum disease, bad breath, and bacteria. And we use them every day. But people didn’t always have… Read more »

Fun Facts About Teeth

You may not know many facts about your teeth, except for the consequences of poor oral hygiene. Here are some fun facts about teeth to boost your dental IQ: Human children lose their first tooth around age 5- 7. A human baby has 20 teeth, and they start to emerge from the gums at about… Read more »

What is a dental x-ray?

X-rays are part of most routine dental exams, but many patients cringes at the thought of exposing themselves to radiation. Dental x-rays are an important tool your dentist uses to help you maintain quality oral health, and most dentists and other medical professionals consider x-rays a crucial component of patient care. To determine if radiation… Read more »

Fighting Gummy Smiles in Chicago

Are your teeth straight and white, but they look too small? Many people have “gummy” smiles, meaning overgrown gum tissue that hides tooth enamel. If this is the case for you, you may be self-conscious about it, and that’s understandable. Did you know, 10% of Miss America pageant contestants had noticeably gummy smiles? Some folks… Read more »

The Impact of Soda on Your Smile

If you reach for a soda every time you’re thirsty, you’re doing damage to your teeth that you might not be aware of. Even though sodas are refreshing, the acid content found in this carbonated beverage is very high and, therefore, very bad for your smile. This acid can contribute to plaque on your teeth… Read more »

Gum Disease and Your Heart

The most widespread dental condition among American adults is periodontal (gum) disease. This particular oral problem is also directly connected to several serious general health problems, including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and pregnancy and birth complications. Periodontal disease has also been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Watch the video below of famed… Read more »

No Preparation Veneers that Are Not Chiclets

A few years ago, some Hollywood and Nashville stars had no prep veneers placed, but the result was a bulky, unnatural looking smile that looked bigger than it should. Remember the gum called Chiclets? The veneers looked like white pieces of Chiclet gum, so no prep veneers took on the moniker Chiclets. It was not… Read more »