Rotten Relationships, Rotten Teeth

It has been all over the dental news that oral health affects your overall health, but how does emotional health affect your oral health? A recent study has shown that people in emotionally abusive and physically aggressive relationships present with more cavities. The findings were strong and consistent: the more aggressive the relationship the more… Read more »

More News on Childhood Caries

As soon as you thought you knew everything there is to know about childhood caries there’s more. Childhood caries is a chronic and infectious disease in young children and mostly seen in minority and poor populations. Caries is tooth decay, and ironically is common and widespread among children in the U.S. despite the available preventative… Read more »

Keeping Your Teeth White After Whitening

You might think your teeth are going to stay white for some time after over-the-counter whitening but they may not stay white for as long as you hope. To help keep your teeth white, however, there are some things you can do. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, gives you some tips regarding… Read more »

Exercise and Oral Health

You know exercise is good for you. It provides many health benefits. Some of those benefits include, lowering your blood pressure, strengthening your heart, losing weight, controlling your glucose levels, and boosting your mood. What you probably didn’t you know is that exercise is also good for your oral health. In today’s blog your Lake… Read more »

Examining Your Tongue for Oral Cancer

You don’t often think of your tongue unless you burn it or bite it. Sometimes you may stick it out, particularly at the doctors. Your dentist notices your tongue on every visit, because during a complete dental exam, your tongue should be examined too. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest discusses how dentists… Read more »

Digital Implant Technology | Guided Surgery

Placing implants is a precise and complicated process. while we pre-plan the entire process, we actually do not do the surgical part of placing the implant. Today’s technology and equipment can make placing implants controlled and cosmetically more able to replicate a natural tooth. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains how digital implant… Read more »

Seaweed Mouthwash?

Would you rinse your mouth with seaweed? If it helped keep periodontal disease at bay you might. Periodontal disease is linked to chronic diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. Seaweed may help keep your gums healthy, which in turn may help keep you healthy. In that case, you may not mind using… Read more »

Why do Gums Bleed When Brushed?

If you only floss occasionally then it is usually normal that your gums bleed when brushed. Hopefully at least they then consider flossing more. When there is bleeding with brushing, most people brush their teeth less vigorously. This is actually usually the wrong thing to do. It may be that you actually don’t know how… Read more »

Becoming a Dentist

Did you know it is never too soon or too late to become a dentist? As long as people have teeth there will be a need for dentists. But what does it take? What type of personality? How much education?  In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest fills us in on becoming a dentist.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

If you have a damaged tooth via accident or decay, there are many treatment options available to save it.  There are minimally invasive and more invasive options depending on the case. Extreme decay and accident would probably require a more invasive treatment. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest discusses one option: porcelain fused to… Read more »

Cancer Treatments and Your Oral Health

Did you know that cancer treatments can have an adverse affect on your oral health? Your oral cavity is a balance of good and bad bacteria and if that balance is disrupted, which cancer treatments can do, it can cause problems with your oral health. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains why, and… Read more »

Saliva Heals

Saliva can be a pain. It’s true. When you talk sometimes you accidently release spittle that’s saliva. At night sometimes you drool while you sleep. And what about babies who are teething? Their saliva is everywhere! Did you know that saliva heals? Read on as your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, discusses how saliva heals in today’s blog.

How do Porcelain Veneers differ from crowns?

Be honest: How do you feel about the appearance of your teeth? For many people, teeth stains and other cosmetic imperfections dull their smiles. To help patients ob tain a stunning smile, Dr. James Fondriest offers a unique solution: porcelain veneers. With our cosmetic dental veneers, we can alter the appearance of your teeth in… Read more »

What is Dry Socket?

You’ve heard of tooth decay, you know about fillings, you’ve heard of tooth extraction, but have you ever heard of dry socket? Most tooth extractions heal within a couple of days, but a common complication is called dry socket. Take your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest’s true or false quiz below to find out how much… Read more »

News About Oil Pulling

Many people like to use all natural ingredients and home remedies for aches, pains, illnesses, and health care. Natural is always better, but does natural always work? There are many home remedies that have been proven to work, others not so much, and still others that we remain skeptical about. Today your Lake Forest Dentist,… Read more »

Choose the Right Types of Toothpaste for you

A search on the internet is likely to turn up around 200 results for different toothpastes you can easily purchase. With so many types of toothpaste, brands and flavors to chose from, how can you know which toothpaste is best for your oral health? In years past, consumers could simply look for a toothpaste endorsed… Read more »

Why So Many People Need Orthodontic Treatment

Have you ever thought about the evolution of your teeth? It’s a very interesting story. Your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, did  some research regarding the evolution of human teeth. Take his true and false quiz below to find out how much you know about tooth evolution and why so many people need orthodontic treatment.

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Tooth Stains

When you look at your teeth you may think you are seeing the color of your enamel, and you are. Your tooth color, however, is a combination of your enamel, which is semi-translucent, and the color of your dentin. So if you thought your teeth were looking a bit shabby and you decided to whiten… Read more »

Medieval Dentistry | Dentistry in Medieval Times

Although you may think that the field of dentistry is a modern invention, research indicates that dentistry has been discussed, written about, and practiced in various ways since ancient times. There are actual specimens of dentition, metal prosthetic apparatus, and other indestructible materials showing dental work was done on ancient teeth. Modern dental traditions can… Read more »

Is Your Malocclusion Causing Headaches?

Do you get frequent headaches? Headaches are a common malady. One in every eight Americans suffer recurring headaches. According to research, 80 percent of those headaches are caused by muscular tension. But did you know that your tension headache may be coming from your teeth and jaw?  Today, we discuss how your teeth can be… Read more »

Heart Disease and Dental Treatment

It has been theorized since the 1920’s that heart disease and oral health are linked. Recent research has indicated links not only between heart disease and oral health, but between oral health and diabetes, hypertension, lung infections, and dementia. Although the links are not perfectly clear, research continues to try to narrow down specifics as… Read more »

Replacing Mercury Fillings | Should my silver fillings be removed

Must all silver amalgam fillings which contain mercury be replaced? Has your dentists suggested replacing all of yours? This is a hot button issue among dental professionals in the U.S. Is there enough mercury in silver amalgam fillings to cause illness? Are there facts that prove mercury leaches from silver fillings and causes illness? If… Read more »

Do You Really Need To Pull My Tooth?

Sometimes the answer to that question is yes, regardless of all of the dental treatments available today. The most common tooth extraction is wisdom tooth removal, but other reasons for tooth extraction include tooth trauma, crowding, and disease. Your dentist will consider all options available before settling on tooth extraction as the treatment of choice…. Read more »

Your Tongue: A Window To Your Health?

Feeling lethargic? Under the weather? Stick out your tongue. Your tongue is one of the most under-appreciated and overlooked organs in your body. A tongue is truly a fascinating thing. Not only does it consist of eight muscles that run in all directions so your tongue can move in the many unique ways it does,… Read more »

Food And Its Affect On Your Teeth

Food provides your body with essential vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy. Certain foods are bad for your teeth and others are considered better. Some are just empty calories while others can provide energy, brain power, or protect you from illness.  Although you may not often give it a thought, food affects your teeth… Read more »

Vitamins For Gum Health?

There are various reasons people choose to take vitamins. Some take vitamins to keep their minds sharp, some take vitamins for energy. Women who are expecting are prescribed vitamins to keep them and their baby healthy. Has it ever occurred to you to take vitamins to keep your gums healthy? Research has shown that gum… Read more »

Fifteen Fun Dental Facts From Dr. Fondriest

While you try to be diligent regarding your dental care, let’s face it, most people try to avoid thinking about dentistry. However, the subject of dentistry doesn’t have to be all serious, dull, and boring. It doesn’t have to bring forth fear and anxiety. The history of dentistry is actually very interesting. For all of… Read more »

What Your Oral Health Can Tell You

Your body is made up of many different systems. But no one system exists in and of itself. Each system is dependent on the others. For instance, your brain (nervous system) tells your heart to beat (circulatory system). Our muscles, skin, and organs rely on our skeletal system (our bones) to hold them up, but… Read more »

Xylitol and cavities

It seems to some people that the benefits of xylitol are being overlooked. Considering that over 25 percent of American children from 2 to 5 years of age suffer from tooth decay, 50 percent between 12 and 15 years of age, and that Americans miss 51 million hours of school and 164 million hours of… Read more »

What You Should Know About Periodontal Disease

Other than tooth decay, periodontitis is the leading threat to dental health. Numerous studies have indicated a link between dental health, mental health, and your overall health.  Poor oral health has been associated with heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and lung infections. When it was believed that oral health was a problem in and of… Read more »

Dental Crowns

What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a type of dental restoration. It is fabricated in the shape of the damaged tooth and is placed over it. Crowns are also referred to as caps because they literally “cap,” or cover, the tooth restoring it to its original shape, size, and strength. Depending on… Read more »

Gum Disease in Women

Women tend to be caretakers. They take care of their children, their husbands, their parents, stray animals, even their children’s friends. If there is someone to take care of, they will do it. Research shows that women also take better care of their teeth than men. This can be an important factor regarding men’s health…. Read more »

Full-Mouth Rehabilitation

Have you been lazy about your dental care and after years you’re seeing the effects? Maybe you have suffered an illness, or been on medications that have played havoc on your teeth. Have you been in an accident that has affected your smile? You may be familiar with dental treatments such as veneers, dental implants,… Read more »

Which Comes First, Depression Or Tooth Loss?

Are you depressed and anxious because you are experiencing tooth loss, or are you experiencing tooth loss due to feelings of depression and anxiety? It is commonly held that your dental health is associated with your overall health, as well as your emotional well-being. Periodontal disease has been linked to conditions such as diabetes, heart… Read more »

Father’s Day: Love Dad, Love His Gums

It has been estimated that 64 million Americans-almost half of the adults in the Unites States-are suffering from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is on the rise due to our aging population. It occurs more in mid to later life because it takes time to develop.  An interesting fact, according to one Ontario… Read more »

Conservative Porcelain Veneers

Conservative porcelain veneers are playing a major role in high end cosmetic dentistry. There was a time when only movie stars and politicians could afford cosmetic dentistry. Pictures of their before and after smiles were illuminating, and often sent waves of envy through the average Joe. Nowadays, cosmetic dentistry is available and more affordable for… Read more »

Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath seems like such a simple thing. Got bad breath? Pop a mint. Got bad breath? Use mouthwash. Got bad breath? Brush your teeth. Got bad breath? Chew some sugar-free gum. For people who have chronic bad breath, or halitosis, it is not that easy. There are many conditions that can cause halitosis, including… Read more »

Seasonal Allergies and Oral Health

Aeroallergens exist indoors and outdoors, and spring is ripe with pollen and allergy-inducing fungi. Airborne spores and other fungal microorganisms may originate in fields, forests, agricultural crops, flowers, or grass. Because they are light, sticky, and plentiful, they are easily transferred into homes, offices, and cars. Impossible to get away from, they can cause upper… Read more »

Mouth Swishing | Gargling

Have you heard about the oil pulling craze?  Basically, it’s using oil as a mouth wash. It may seem “out there” but swishing oil in your mouth for 20 seconds is beneficial to oral health. Research shows oil pulling can significantly reduce plaque, gingival bacteria, and aerobic microorganisms found in plaque.   Sesame seed oil, sunflower,… Read more »

Dental Health and Mental Health

What does loss of teeth have to do with cognitive function? Not much one would think. However, research indicates that as dental health affects your overall health by contributing to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illnesses, it also contributes to the health of your mind. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducted… Read more »

Dental Implants Meet the Needs of Patients Missing Teeth

If you suffer from tooth loss, you’re dealing with a multitude of challenges. The older you get, the higher risk you are for losing permanent teeth. Ignoring missing teeth is the worst decision you can make if you want to maintain any semblance of health and aesthetics with your smile. Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest and… Read more »

Is There a Better Dental Bridge?

To say something has room for improvement doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t an effective solution. For instance, a dental bridge is a highly-effective means of replacing a lost tooth, or more than one, if they’re lost in a row. While dental bridges have stood the test of time as replacement teeth, they still lack… Read more »

Do You Need A Dental Crown?

“I don’t have any tooth pain.  Why do I need a crown?”  This question is frequently posed to dentists.  Basically, the reasons for needing a dental crown are to protect teeth that have been weakened by decay, fracture, or a large, old filling that has failed.  In some situations, decay has done so much damage… Read more »

Surprising Links: Dental, Mental, and Emotional Health

Although they weren’t always correct in the details, doctors and scientists have postulated for centuries over the impact that oral health has on the body. Even Aristotle and Hippocrates, both notable for their knowledge in medicine, wrote considerably about the importance of teeth and correcting dental issues. More recently, numerous studies have highlighted a variety… Read more »

The Patient’s Guide to Toothaches

If you pinch your tooth, it wouldn’t hurt like pinching your arm does. Good thing, too, considering how much pressure your teeth experience every day. The reason for their insensitivity lies in the composition of your teeth, which includes a thin, but super-resilient layer of mineral crystals surrounding them. Tooth enamel protects teeth from infectious… Read more »

An In-Depth Look at Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, also known as dental caries, is the single most common chronic disease among children in the United States. It also affects at least one permanent tooth in over 90% of adults, and in severe cases, decay can lead to tooth loss, or the need for an extraction. The good news is that, despite… Read more »

What is Oral-Systemic Health?

Aside from hygiene product commercials and visits to the dentist, you may not hear much about oral health. The lack of conversation about it, however, doesn’t accurately reflect the fact that most people have one or more serious dental issues to deal with. In fact, in the United States alone, over 90% of adults have… Read more »

Why Gums are Vital to Your Dental Health

The tops, or crowns, of your teeth may be the most visible parts, but they’re only a portion of the structures that make up your smile. The bottom halves of your teeth, called the roots, are surrounded by a soft, pink layer of tissue known interchangeably as periodontal tissue, gingival tissue, or, more commonly, your… Read more »

The Tooth Loss Phenomenon, and the Dental Implant Solution

The unavoidable truth is that tooth loss is one of the most devastating things that can happen to your smile. Losing teeth, however, isn’t necessarily unavoidable; in fact, it’s highly-avoidable in most instances. Adult teeth are frequently referred to as permanent teeth because they were meant to last for life; yet adult tooth loss remains… Read more »

More Common Reasons for Bad Breath

Though it’s not unusual in small, isolated instances (like in the morning), persistent bad breath is often a telltale symptom of poor dental hygiene. Since it can also indicate a number of dental and health issues, treating halitosis is usually different for everyone. Treatment can range from improving your dental hygiene to receiving complex restorative… Read more »

The Science of Stains and Teeth Whitening

Although teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments today, it isn’t the only way to brighten dull teeth or erase the stains that mar them. In fact, in many cases, teeth whitening won’t suffice, depending on the nature and severity of the stains. Your teeth are comprised of a dense, porous,… Read more »

The Grinding Phenomenon

You can’t exactly control yourself when you’re asleep. Though this doesn’t usually pose a problem, there are some things you might unconsciously do that could cause harm to your teeth and other oral structures. Bruxism, or the habit of grinding your teeth, typically affects patients in their sleep, although it can often manifest during the… Read more »

Find Out if Your Aches and Pains are TMJ-Related

Diagnosing some dental conditions takes a little more detective work than others. For instance, a cavity’s presence can be betrayed by the visual signs of decay (i.e., internal tooth discoloration, a visible hole in your tooth, and/or a severe toothache). Gum disease is usually detected by inflamed, bleeding, and receding gums (to varying degrees, depending… Read more »

The Ultimate Dental Hygiene Quiz

A toothbrush is one of the most recognizable products across the world, and with good reason. Unlike our ancestors, most of us live by simple, though effective, standards of good hygiene and dental health, which the toothbrush contributes to significantly. Nevertheless, just because you recognize a toothbrush and how to use it doesn’t mean you’re… Read more »

How to Keep, Lose, or Replace Your Teeth

Technically, your permanent teeth should last a lifetime. Realistically, however, that isn’t always the case. Tooth loss can affect anyone, given the right circumstances. With its astounding prevalence (statistics show that 69% of adults aged 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth), you might wonder if tooth loss is preventable at all. By understanding… Read more »

The Many Ways a Dental Crown Can Restore Your Smile

Around 100-200 AD, the Etruscans who populated the hills of ancient Italy crafted gold dental crowns and fixed bridgework to restore and replace teeth. Since then, the dental crown has remained a staple of contemporary dentistry, and today’s restorations are often indistinguishable from the natural teeth around them. When a tooth is damaged and can… Read more »

Do You Have an Imperfect Smile?

Every smile is unique, and very few of them are naturally perfect. Teeth are prone to stains and discoloration, and thanks to a wide range of varying factors, they can also chip, crack, break, leave odd spaces between each other, or otherwise detract from your smile’s cosmetic appeal. Fortunately, with the advanced techniques and materials… Read more »

The Bad Boys of Oral Bacteria

What’s the greatest threat to your smile? If you’re a hockey player, it’s probably traumatic impact. If you smoke or chew tobacco, then it might be the chemicals your mouth is exposed to through the habit. In most cases, however, the greatest threat to your dental health is something you can’t always see; an ever-growing… Read more »

Dealing with Painful, Popping Jaws

Popping Jaw Joints

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from jaw joint problems, then clicking or popping jaw joints may be a daily occurrence. For many people, the sensation can be uncomfortable, and perhaps a little disturbing. For others, it may be a barely-noticeable annoyance that doesn’t seem to warrant any serious concern…. Read more »

A Close Look at a Broken Tooth

Although protected by the most resilient substance found within the human body, your teeth aren’t indestructible. In fact, teeth crack and break all the time, which begs the question, just how strong are they, really? The answer is “very strong” if you take proper care of them, meaning more than just brushing and flossing your… Read more »

The Teeth Whitening Guide

Does your smile light up the room when you flash it? Or do you prefer to not show your smile because you’re embarrassed by stained or discolored teeth? The good news is that teeth stains are usually cosmetic, and don’t necessarily mean that your smile is in trouble. More good news is that, as cosmetic… Read more »

There’s More to Gum Disease than You May Know

Are you worried about gum disease affecting you at some point in your life? If you haven’t already, there’s a good chance that you might, considering that gum disease affects over 70% of adults in the United States today. Fortunately, the condition isn’t hard to prevent, or to treat if it develops. However, not treating… Read more »

How to Know if Your Tooth is Abscessed

To many people, a toothache is a toothache. If it hurts, put ice on it until you get around to visiting your dentist. To the trained professional, or to someone who’s ignored his toothache long enough, the situation is more than just a nuisance; it’s a serious threat to good dental health. For instance, one… Read more »

When Clenching Teeth Becomes an Issue

Your teeth go through enough stress in one day with biting and chewing your food, but for some people, that pressure is multiplied by constant clenching and grinding. Clinically known as bruxism, the habit of clenching your teeth may not produce any symptoms, or it may wear down your teeth enough to damage them or… Read more »

Dental Reactions to Overwhelming Stress

You might recognize a headache, tense back muscles, and an upset stomach as telltale symptoms of stress and anxiety, but can you recognize how the condition affects your dental health? Stress is considered one common cause of tooth grinding. One of the most common indications of prolonged tension is bruxism, or habitual teeth-grinding, which can… Read more »

Can Dental Implants Be Better?

The beauty of dental implants is that they improve conventional replacement teeth’s feel and function; but is there a way to improve a dental implant’s performance? Scientists in Japan and China believe so, and their research suggests a special coating of calcium and phosphate can facilitate a stronger bond between your jawbone and the implant’s… Read more »

Imagine a Candy that Fights Cavities!

For a lot of people, the thought of candy automatically invokes thoughts of cavities, and with good reason. Loaded with sugar and sometimes acidic substances, candy is a common contributor to cavities—the holes that form in your teeth when they’re infected with harmful bacteria. Your mouth is an ecological wonderland, with over 600 different identifiable… Read more »

Your Personal Guide to Defeating Bad Breath

It’s not a taboo subject, but if you suffer from chronic bad breath, you may be less apt to talk about it. Not only does the topic hit close to home, but conversing with people at all might be embarrassing if they catch a waft of your malodorous breath. Nevertheless, speaking about your condition with… Read more »

A Healthy Smile is More Valuable Than You May Know

You might recognize how poor oral hygiene can affect your everyday life. Cavities can cause to severe toothaches, gum disease can lead to tooth loss if not treated, and the excessive gathering of bacteria can chronically foul your breath. What you might not realize, however, is how neglecting your teeth and gums to lead to… Read more »

Identifying and Treating Tooth Sensitivity

Normally, you shouldn’t have tooth sensitivity other than the pressures of biting and chewing. The outer layer of mineral crystals that surrounds your teeth, called tooth enamel, is the most resilient substance your body produces, and is designed to seal off and protect the more vulnerable structures of your teeth. Teeth roots, which aren’t covered… Read more »

Lake Forest IL Cosmetic Dentist: Your Guide to Teeth Whitening

Do you want a smile that will light up a room? If so, teeth whitening from your Lake Forest IL cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, may produce the effect you desire. Teeth whitening treatment is often effective in removing stains and brightening teeth multiple shades. As a result, patients who undergo whitening treatment tend to… Read more »