Lake Forest Dentist: TMD and Earaches

  Do you experience frequent TMJ earaches or a constant ringing in your ears? Have common over-the-counter pain remedies failed to solve the problem? Your earache might be a sign of a far more serious condition. Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the symptoms of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, and treatment… Read more »

TMD and Headaches FAQs

Our previous post explained the connection between temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and neck pain. A TMJ disorder (TMD) causes soreness throughout the upper body, and can negatively impact your shoulders, upper back, and ears. Although a headache could come from an ear infection, TMJ may be the reason for your headaches and pains. When you hear… Read more »

Neck pain and tooth grinding – Easing Neck Pain

  Many people in America suffer from neck pain and tooth grinding. Over-the-counter pain relievers seem to do little, and the cause of their aches remains a mystery. Constant pains in the neck, head, or face, could be a sign of more serious disorder called TMD or TMJ. Your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest,… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Offers Professional Whitening Results at Home

  Everyone wants their smile to be beautiful and bright. Over time, our teeth become stained and start to lose their luster. Many people turn to teeth whitening as a method for rejuvenating their smile. Cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, discusses the different methods offered to give patients the beautiful, youthful smiles they deserve.

Custom Fitted Crowns

Our teeth handle a great deal of abuse from masticating hard foods to erosion by acid-producing bacteria. If you damage teeth through eating habits and poor dental care, and a filling, onlay, or inlay can’t correct a damaged tooth, you may need a crown. Do you know the procedure for placing a crown? In this article, Dr. James… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains Crowns, Onlays, and Inlays

When you sustain damage to a tooth, you face several restorative treatment choices. Deciding between procedural options may prove daunting. Understanding the subtle but important differences that distinguish dental restorations can help you work with your dentist to choose the right treatment plan. What current dental restorations can you choose from to correct a damaged… Read more »

See Your Lake Forest Dentist Today for a regular dental checkup

A visit to your dentist can go one of two ways. If you follow the American Dental Association’s suggestion of checkups every six months, your time in the dentist’s chair can pass quickly and comfortably. If you find yourself among the 74% of Americans who only see a dentist when a problem develops, you might… Read more »

Better Flossing with Your Lake Forest Dentist

Daily brushing and flossing keeps your mouth clear of food particles that breed gum disease-causing bacteria. Following the American Dental Association’s recommendation of brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day is crucial for good oral health. You should brush for two minutes, taking care not to brush too aggressively. Flossing properly requires extra… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Asks: Why are You Losing Sleep?

Losing sleep now and then is natural. Tossing and turning, or sleeping for short periods throughout the night may only happen once in a blue moon for you. Good sleep allows you to reap several benefits, like a happier mood, a better memory, and more productivity. For some, sleep seems uninterrupted but still results in… Read more »

Speak Up! Your Lake Forest Dentist is Listening

Too often, we go for a dental checkup and do not participate. Sure, talking is difficult with your mouth open and occupied by oral health-improving instruments. But communicating with your dentist can change the way your dental appointments run. Speaking up could even save you from serious issues down the road. The next time you settle into the… Read more »

How GERD affects teeth

When you eat something that disagrees with your stomach, you might experience heartburn. Episodes of heartburn can become uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Chronic heartburn can eventually hurt the esophagus. Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD affects teeth. In this article, Dr. James Fondriest, explains GERD and how to protect teeth from stomach acid. What is GERD?… Read more »

Infected gums | Fight Gum Inflammation

Have you lived with swollen or infected gums? The experience isn’t fun. Infected gums can swell, bleed, and cause pain. During advanced stages of gum disease, gums can also excrete pus while fighting bacterial infection. When these problems develop,  your oral health obviously needs attention. You might wonder what is happening in your mouth and how to… Read more »

Crazy Toothpaste Flavors

We have all heard about the importance of brushing teeth regularly since we were children. But a lifetime of minty toothpaste may get a little boring. While there are different varieties of mint, and even bubblegum, flavors to choose from, our options aren’t vast. Since we should never stop our brushing routine, maybe some investigation… Read more »

Bisphosphanates and dental Infections

As we grow older, bone deterioration is something to begin thinking about. Ways of strengthening bones offer long lasting solutions, but may bring undesirable side effects. Dental infections can be a big problem with bisphosphante useage. The use of bisphosphonates to help produce bone greatly helps patients dealing with bone problems, but may lead to… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Discusses Diagnosing TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ refers to the tempromandibular joints that lay in either side of your face, where the jaw connects to the skull. Nestled within the joint is a cartilage disc that allows for full articulation of the jaw. Healthy TMJ function lets you to open and close your jaw with a smooth gliding motion. Any disruption… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Quality Dental Implant Restorations are Worth the Wait

So, you’ve lost a tooth. It’s not an ideal situation but instead of mourning for your missing tooth, you’ve done your research and decided that replacing it as soon as possible will preserve your oral health in the long run. You’ve read up on dental bridges but you have concerns that the enamel preparation involved… Read more »

Prepless Veneers | Ultra Thin Veneers

Research into the psychology of smiling indicates that your smile can have a huge influence on your professional, social, and romantic relationships. If you hide your smile due to insecurities over the shape, size, color, or general appearance of your teeth, you could be perceived as insecure, reserved, or even unfriendly. Luckily, you don’t have… Read more »

Whitening Your Teeth with Baking Soda

There are lots of ways to keep your teeth white: professional take home whitening treatments from your Lake Forest dentist, whitening strips from the store, refraining from food entirely, baking soda. But the latest addition to that list is by far the cheapest option, and you probably have everything you already need at home. Whitening your teeth… Read more »

Spices That Improve Oral Health

With the fall chill in the air come the fall spices in your latte. As many of you retreat to your kitchens for warmth this season, try experimenting with some of these spices. They’ll tickle your taste buds and boost your immune system too. 1. Cinnamon This bittersweet holiday spice goes in everything from eggnog… Read more »

Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s Awareness

In honor of Alzheimer’s awareness month, Dr James Fondriest would like to discuss how taking care of your oral health can help delay or reduce the risk entirely of developing cognitive impairments typical of Alzheimer’s disease sufferers. Gum Inflammation and Your Brain Researchers from the NYU dental school completed a study in 2010 finding links between… Read more »

Chicago Area Dentist Connects Bone, Joint Health, and Dental Health

In October, the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) celebrates Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week. The USBJI explains that in the U.S. population over 18 years of age, nearly half experience musculoskeletal, or bone and joint, conditions. Examples include back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis, and childhood bone and joint disorders. People are… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry Planning Process

Cosmetic dentistry planning

If you feel dissatisfied by the condition of your smile, your dentist can help you outline a treatment plan to see fantastic changes. In some cases, a patient will need to undergo more involved to see the results they truly desire. Our practice is proud to offer artistic smile design, which involves a detailed assessment of… Read more »

In Flight Toothaches

Have you ever heard of a condition called barodontalgia? No, it’s not some exotic location in Europe, but you do have to fly in an airplane to experience it. Unfortunately, unlike a vacation, you probably don’t want barodontalgia. In laymen’s terms, this condition is simply a high-altitude toothache. Similar to a scuba diver experiencing decompression… Read more »

Hormones Heighten Gum Disease Risk for Women

Research from the Journal of Periodontology suggests women are more likely to floss, visit the dentist regularly, and even have cosmetic dental procedures while being less likely to smoke and drink excessive alcohol than men. Although women have historically been better caretakers of their teeth, females are more susceptible to gum disease than males for… Read more »

Quiz: Are Some People More Cavity Prone than Others?

Everyone’s heard the debate about the effects of nature versus nurture, or genetics versus upbringing, in relation to child development. Researchers recently examined dental health from a similar viewpoint, evaluating the comparative importance of genetics and environment on oral health. Which do you think is more important to your dental health, your genetics or your… Read more »

If You Want Healthy Knees, Floss Your Teeth

It seems strange, doesn’t it? You’re reading correctly. Recent research has discovered a correlation between gum disease and arthritic knees. Periodontal Bacteria Migrating to the Knees Scientists found traces of periodontal bacteria, or gum bacteria, in the knees of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis patients, which in effect tracked the passage of bacteria from the mouth… Read more »

The Psychology of Smiling

An emerging field of study known as “positive psychology” or “happiness research” offers new insight into human emotions – more specifically, the act of smiling. Many people hide their smiles because they don’t like their appearance. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest builds beautiful smiles that convey a positive image. Do you know what’s in… Read more »

Your Chicago Dentist Discusses Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

If you’re vigilant about your dental hygiene and see your Chicago dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups, you’re handling your oral care well. You should experience relatively few dental problems. However, dental issues occasionally arise, despite the best habits. If you experience any of the symptoms discussed below, make an appointment with Dr…. Read more »

Worried about those crazy craze lines on your front teeth?

If you’ve noticed small lines on your teeth, you may have what dentists call craze lines. These web-looking imperfections should not be confused with cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), which is painful. Craze lines are merely hairline cracks in tooth enamel. Though these lines on teeth are cosmetically displeasing, they are not particularly harmful to oral health… Read more »

Tannins and Your TMJ

Our teeth are most affected by the food and drink that enter our mouths, but the intricate details of this process often escape us. At Lake Forest Dental Arts we like to keep our patients informed, so today we’ll discuss how tannins, a common element in many beverages, can cause pain in your temporomandibular joint… Read more »

Gummy Smile? Your Lake Forest Dentist Can Help

When most people consider the notion of enhancing their smiles, braces typically come to mind first and foremost. However, for some folks, crooked or misshapen teeth have nothing to do with hindering their smile’s full potential. Approximately seven percent of men and 14 percent of women suffer from what doctors refer to as “excessive gingival… Read more »

The History of dentistry

A prehistoric tooth containing traces of beeswax used as cavity filler has sent a ripple of excitement throughout the history of dentistry. The tooth was discovered as part of a human mandible—or jawbone—in Slovenia near Trieste. There is very little evidence of prehistoric dentistry, thus any finding of this nature is of extreme significance. In… Read more »

Your Lake Forest Dentist Discusses Dental Implants

Dental implants are an excellent option for patients requiring a replacement tooth. However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for a dental implant. Your Lake Forest dentist has provided the following information to see if a dental implant is the right procedure for you. What Are Dental Implants? A dental implant consists of a titanium… Read more »

Are You In Need Of A Smile Makeover?

Has your smile’s brightness gradually dimmed over the years? Do you have a chipped or discolored tooth that you are embarrassed by? Do you have deep smile lines that make you frown? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you could benefit from a smile makeover. What is a Smile Makeover? The… Read more »

Dental X-rays Tell 50% of the Story about Your Dental Health

Dentists use X-rays to give insight into some of the most elusive dental health issues to the naked eye. Using digital radiography can not only diagnose problems, but also develop treatment plans. Dental radiography is an irreplaceable diagnostic tool. Dental x-rays show issues like tooth decay, misalignment, soft tissue damage, and periodontal disease that escape… Read more »

What Do My Knees Have to Do with My Teeth?

Your dental health can have wide-ranging consequences for your overall health. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, researchers from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have connected rheumatoid arthritis to periodontitis. The link between gum disease and arthritis comes from the bacteria released into the blood stream. Every time… Read more »

The Secret Life of Dental Fluoride

In the world of dentistry, dental fluoride has been the best thing since sliced bread. We use fluoride in tooth strengthening supplements, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and possibly every dental hygiene product imaginable. In this blog, Dr. James Fondriest, will explain why we think fluoride is so great and divulge some interesting information about this element. Why Dental… Read more »

The Ethics of Teeth Whitening

Throughout history, people have tried nearly everything, from pastes containing pepper and rock salt to a mouthwash made from goat’s milk and urine, to whiten their teeth. Luckily, we have a few more options than our forefathers, including a whole range of toothpastes, rinses, gums, mints, and gels. Most dentists would agree that teeth whitening… Read more »

Do men want veneers?

As a society, Americans have historically tended to associate a concern for one’s personal appearance with women. For men, caring too much about the way you looked threw your masculinity into question. In recent years, however, that way of thinking is changing. Men are becoming more aware of how their appearance directly affects both their… Read more »

Connection Between Missing Teeth and TMJ Disorders

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nearly 70% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth. The primary causes of tooth loss in adult Americans include gum disease, tooth decay, and accidental injury. People tend to seek immediate treatment for teeth missing from the… Read more »

Name some healthy treats for teeth

Finding healthy treats for teeth can be difficult in a busy world. The holidays are approaching, and this means an increase in sugar consumption for many people. When you place special treats around the house for family and guests to graze on, chances are you’ll be munching on the morsels as well. In the spirit… Read more »

Chicago Esthetic Restorative Dentistry Explained

Esthetic dental restorations is the term that Dr. James Fondriest uses to describe the type of dentistry he offers at Lake Forest Dental Arts, his Chicago-area dental office. Esthetic refers to beauty, while dental restorations refers to dental work that improves health, oral function, and appearance.  The media has popularized the phrase cosmetic dentistry, but… Read more »

Replace missing and damaged teeth with dental implants

At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we recommend dental implants as a way to replace missing and damaged teeth. Dental implants are a secure, long lasting option for those who have lost teeth to accident or periodontal disease. While dental implants have a high success rate, they are not for everyone. Certain health conditions and lifestyle… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Three Problems Associated with TMJ Disorder

  Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a painful condition with symptoms that include severe headaches, sensitive teeth, ear pain, muscle soreness, and difficulty opening and closing the jaw comfortably. The TMJs hold your bottom jaw to your top jaw. When problems develop in these joints, they can cause TMJ disorder. Various causes of the disorder… Read more »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Provides a Brief History of Amalgam Fillings

While the American Dental Association (ADA) continues to endorse the use of amalgam fillings, there has been widespread debate on their use since the 1800s. Because amalgam fillings contain inorganic mercury, some non scientific studies link them with mercury poisoning, which can cause serious problems with the brain and nervous system. Symptoms include memory loss,… Read more »

How to Preserve Your Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an excellent cosmetic option for people who wish to improve their smile. A thin shell that is bonded to the surface of a tooth, veneers can change the shape of teeth, improving their length, width, and symmetry. They can also restore a decayed tooth, replace tooth enamel, repair chips, and cover tooth… Read more »

Lake Forest Collaborative Cosmetic Dentistry

At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we realize achieving your goals as a patient is a collaborative effort. Dr. Fondriest will work with you, and a team of specialists, to ensure ultimate satisfaction with your beautiful new smile. We approach all cosmetic procedures with an emphasis on developing a working relationship with you, not only as… Read more »

The Importance of Artistic Smile Design in Lake Forest

At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we provide a variety of cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of our patients. Whether someone is unhappy with their smile or has serious dental problems that require immediate repair, Dr. Fondriest approaches each case with the eye of an artist. He is committed to the beauty of your… Read more »

Triangular spaces between teeth

Everyone has a unique concern for their smile. Esthetic enhancements to your teeth are not one-size fits all. We believe in customized dental care for every patient, which is why we take extra time to discuss your current situation and your goals for your smile. One smile imperfection that we come across frequently is the occurrence… Read more »

Tips for Managing Dental Anxiety

If you are avoiding going to the dentist due to dental anxiety, you are putting your health at risk because regular dentist visits are essential to good overall physical health.

Dental Implants Prevent Tooth Loss

Missing teeth should not be viewed as an inevitable fact of aging. Instead, seniors should fight back against tooth loss with proper oral hygiene, frequent dental checkups and cleanings, as well as restorative dentistry. Dental implants can play a significant role in maintaining your surrounding teeth after suffering from tooth loss. Implants prevent tooth loss… Read more »

Obesity linked to gum disease | Shedding Pounds Can Improve Gum Health

More than 70 percent of Americans struggle with gum disease. From gingivitis, or simple gum inflammation, to periodontitis, an acute form of the disease, unhealthy gums lead to a host of health issues. Not only does gum disease lead to cavities and tooth loss, studies now link it to heart disease, stroke, preterm birth, and… Read more »

Gum Disease May Lead to Increased Risk of Cancer

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is an inflammatory illness that can lead to more than tooth loss. Researchers have established a connection between gum disease and an increased risk of cardiovascular disorders, as well as uncontrolled blood sugar. In a more disturbing development, a recent study has revealed a connection between advanced gum disease (periodontitis) and… Read more »

Americans Score Low for Oral Health Knowledge

According to the American Dental Association, the United States needs some education on the facts about oral health. The association’s new Web site, mouthHealthy.org, features the results of a national survey that recently gave the average American a “D” on the fundamentals of oral health. The survey offered a range of true or false questions… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Shares Tooth Fairy History

She doesn’t come down the chimney, bringing presents to all the good girls and boys. She doesn’t creep around in your garden, hiding eggs filled with tooth-rotting candy. However, the Tooth Fairy is equally as ubiquitous as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. In one form or another, she rewards children for their lost teeth… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Offers Tips for Preventing Mouth Injuries

It’s estimated that 80 percent of all dental injuries involve at least one of the front teeth. With warm weather and lots of spare time, summer is a prime time for playing sports. Then, when summer is over, school sports will be in full swing. Dr. James Fondriest, would like to offer some tips about… Read more »

Alcohol and Your Oral Health

What does alcohol do to your mouth? It’s Friday, and maybe you and some coworkers are planning on celebrating the end of the work week with cocktails at happy hour. Perhaps you plan to spend the weekend watching baseball and drinking beer. While a couple of drinks probably won’t hurt, heavier drinking can have negative… Read more »

Are You Brushing Correctly?

Most of us learn how to brush our teeth as young children. Given the importance of twice-daily brushing, this is a good thing. However, the flip side of that is, we don’t always learn the most effective way to brush our teeth as children, and, despite learning the correct procedure later in life, we continue… Read more »

Obesity and Oral Health | Gum Disease and Obesity

More than one third of Americans are obese, and medical costs associated with obesity total roughly $150 billion. Obesity, defined as having excess body fat, is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and several types of cancer. But did you know it could affect your oral health? Today, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James… Read more »

Oral Cancer Rates are Rising

In 2012, an estimated 40,000 Americans were diagnosed with oral cancer. Approximately 8,000 people will die this year from cancer of the tongue, mouth, and throat, according to a report published by the American Cancer Society. While doctors aren’t certain why one person will get mouth cancer and another won’t, there are several risk factors… Read more »

Fuel Your Oral Health

Olympic champion Michael Phelps eats between six and ten pounds of food each day to fuel his body for grueling training sessions. His 10,000 to 12,000 calorie diet includes pancakes, eggs, French toast, cheese, pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. While it’s almost certain you don’t need to eat like a 2012 Olympian, there are several foods… Read more »

Energy Drinks Wage War on Teeth

Some of the most popular products available today are energy drinks. These energy drinks damage teeth. It comes as no surprise that Americans love the stuff. Between 30 and 50% of teens alone consume them. Contents of these drinks promise long-lasting energy boosts through caffeine, sugar, and herbal ingredients. The effectiveness and safety of these… Read more »

Yaeba: an Interesting Trend in Cosmetic Dentistry

Can you imagine spending a lot of money on cosmetic dentistry to intentionally make your teeth crooked and less than perfect? It might sound crazy, but it is a popular trend in Japan, particularly with Japanese women. “Yaeba,” as it is called, literally means “double tooth” in Japanese, and women are having cosmetic procedures to… Read more »

Advantages of No-prep Veneers

Eighty percent of people aren’t happy with their smiles. If you fall into this category, you might benefit from no-prep veneers. This elective cosmetic treatment basically allows you to resurface your smile with tooth-colored restorative materials. Today, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest discusses the advantages of no-prep veneers. What are No-prep Veneers? For years,… Read more »

Smoking and Root Canals in Lake Forest

Smoking is bad for you. You know that. You’re probably well aware of the fact that smoking can lead to a laundry list of health problems, including emphysema, heart disease, and cancer. But did you know smoking can also increase your chances of needing a root canal procedure? Our Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest… Read more »

Bruxism and Restorations in Chicago

Teeth grinding, known clinically as bruxism, is the repeated clenching of the jaw, sometimes causing tooth damage that can ultimately require restorative work. If you already have restorations, you might wonder if your bruxism will damage your new beautiful smile. Today, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest shares some helpful information about the… Read more »

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Raises Awareness for Osteoporosis

Did you know that June is National Osteoporosis Awareness month? In fact, about 25% of women in the United States will experience bone loss (osteoporosis) at some point in the lifetime—typically during or after menopause. Osteoporosis can lead to an increased risk for bone fracture. Many of our patients are surprised to learn that osteoporosis… Read more »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Honors Famous Dentists in History

Like other forms of medicine, dentistry has had a long, interesting history that dates back to ancient civilizations. For example, ancient Sumerians chewed on tree twigs to clean their teeth and ancient Egyptians used ground pumice and vinegar as dentifrice. Thankfully, brilliant minds in the past have contributed to what modern dentistry has become today…. Read more »

Protect Your Enamel against Acidic Drinks

Sports Drinks and Enamel Erosion Sports drinks are not as healthy as you might think. In fact, sports drinks have a deadly combination of sugar and acidity that can wreak havoc on your tooth enamel. Weakened enamel creates an environment for cavities, tooth sensitivity, and staining. If you are an athlete this news may be… Read more »

Dental Stem Cell Research on the Rise

Tooth Banks Capitalize on New Scientific Studies A new business avenue is cropping up in the dental industry due to some exciting recent studies performed by Japanese researchers. Dental stem cells are becoming a viable option for alternatives to more controversial sources. Since this emerging evidence, tooth banks are becoming a popular business for collecting… Read more »

Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more popular than ever before. Your smile is an asset. An attractive smile is important in both your professional and personal life. With modern technology and extensive experience, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest can transform your smile into something you will want to show off. We offer many of the most… Read more »

Brief History of Cosmetic Dentistry

Our earliest ancestors must have realized the importance of oral hygiene. As early as 3,000 BC, people were cleaning their teeth with nothing more than sticks. Since then, cosmetic dentistry has taken great leaps forward. Today, Dr. James Fondriest provides state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry procedures to perfect the smiles of his Chicago patients. To the Lake… Read more »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Replaces Old Metal Fillings

Are Dark Fillings Holding You Back? Replace your metal fillings and laugh your loudest, smile your biggest, and show off your pearly whites with abandon. Chicago cosmetic dentist. Dr. Fondriest offers white composite resin and porcelain to replace amalgam and metal fillings. With white restorative dentistry, you no longer have to hide your unsightly dental… Read more »

Celebrities with Cosmetic Dental Work

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that cosmetic dentists rank Natalie Portman’s smile as the best in Hollywood, followed by James Franco’s and Nicole Kidman’s. Annette Bening, Colin Firth, and Christian Bale came next. The dentists also reported on the most kissable mouths on the silver screen. For the females, Angelina Jolie came in… Read more »

Straight Smiles are Not Just for Aesthetics

Most people associate a straightened smile with a cosmetic enhancement. While nicely aligned teeth improve your image, correct bite alignment is better for your smile in more ways than one. Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest is here to explain how evenly spaced teeth allow for better oral hygiene than crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth…. Read more »

Herbal Remedies for Your Teeth | Anti-inflammatory Herbs for Gums

Teeth Cleaning with Herbs This natural remedy comes from several cultures around the world as a preliminary toothbrush: chewing sticks. In India, the neem tree, or “Nature’s Pharmacy”, offered antibacterial properties that prevent plaque and clean teeth with the bristles of a frayed twig. In the early Americas, other trees like dogwood were popular “chaw… Read more »

Bacteria in Your Mouth: Your Oral Ecosystem

Scientist Discover More About Bacterial Behaviors The word “bacteria” has gained many negative connotations. Our germ-phobic culture creates products that claim to disinfect 99.9% of bacteria; antibacterial gel dispensers reside on bank teller desks, classroom walls, and grocery store registers everywhere. But did you know that not all bacteria is negative, especially in your mouth?… Read more »

Geographic Tongue and Other Conditions by Dr. Fondriest

What is geographic tongue? This oral health condition reflects its name by showing map-like lesions on the tongue. Tastebuds create “island-shaped” red sores where papillae are missing. While some people experience discomfort with geographical tongue, it has not been linked to any serious health conditions. The exact cause of geographic tongue is still unknown but… Read more »

Causes of Bruxism | Teeth Grinding

You may not realize it as you occasionally grind your teeth together, but the habit of doing so could be a potentially serious dental issue. Most people clench their jaws and grit their teeth when under extreme pressure or physical strain, or when experiencing a strong negative emotion, like anger. However, many people chronically grind… Read more »

Tooth Enamel Facts

The topmost layer of the tooth, enamel is the hard substance which covers the soft layer of dentin. A strong layer of enamel will help you prevent tooth decay and sensitivity. Get to know the part of your tooth which protects your smile from cavities with some interesting facts from Dr. Fondriest. Sharks have tooth… Read more »