Eating Whole Grains | Healthy Habits

In celebration of Whole Grains Month… what’s that? You didn’t know that it’s Whole Grains Month?! Well it is! In celebration of Whole Grains Month, Dr. Fondriest wants you to know, eating whole grains can reduce your risk for inflammatory diseases, including gum disease, as well as tooth loss, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes,… Read more »

What is Plaque?

You’re probably aware that dental plaque is the sticky, yellow substance that forms naturally on teeth. We brush our teeth to remove plaque so that it doesn’t cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Un-removed plaque calcifies into a hard substance called calculus or tartar. At dental cleanings, a hygienist removes plaque that we miss… Read more »

Breaking Down: Your Chicago Dentist Repairs Dental Damage

We all remember how the terror of a loose tooth was offset by the subsequent visit from the Tooth Fairy. However, we only get one set of adult permanent teeth, and losing one is hardly a cause for celebration. Proper oral hygiene is the most important part of caring for your teeth, but minimizing and… Read more »

Dentistry Discovers Time Machine: Traveling via Dental Bridges

Many of us have things about our past we would like to change. Time machines would sell like hot cakes. Remember when you said the wrong thing and it changed your fate forever? There was that one time when the game was tied and you missed the free throw at the buzzer, thereby losing the… Read more »

Chronic Headaches and Non-Restful Sleep

Chronic headaches and non-restful sleep

Do you grind your teeth frequently? If you do it chronically, it can cause earaches, chronic headaches, tingling fingers, and even  migraines. Aggressive grinding of teeth is very common and can cause the muscles of the jaw to build up lactic acid and become sore. the temporal muscles are often the most common teeth  grinding… Read more »

High Quality General Dentistry That’s Worth Every Penny

Though Dr. James Fondriest is a skilled cosmetic dentist, he is also provides high quality general dentistry. Each patient is important to him, so he spends time focusing on every detail of their dental health and chooses the most conservative dental treatment possible. He also makes patients feel welcomed, relaxed, and comfortable while they are… Read more »

Preventing Gum Disease

Gum disease affects about 80 percent of adults in the United States to some degree. Fortunately, you can prevent the oral health problem from progressing and becoming serious. Dr. James Fondriest, a Lake Forest, IL, dentist, can help you prevent gum disease. Ways That You Can Prevent Gum Disease Your first line of defense against… Read more »

Which Toothbrush Works Best For You?

In the past, human beings brushed their teeth with items such as twigs and corn cobs. Today, we have our pick of a variety of toothbrushes. But that variety can cause quite a conundrum: what shape, size, and bristle texture do we choose? And are electric or manual toothbrushes best? Finding the right toothbrush can… Read more »

Vitamin D Aids in Systemic and Dental Health

Summer is a time to soak up the sun while the weather is nice. And catching those warm rays has a health benefit that you might know about: vitamin D. Before we tell you the benefits of vitamin D, it’s important to remember that certain spectrums within the sun’s rays can cause skin cancer. Today,… Read more »

Chicago: Don’t Let Your Teeth Reveal Your Age! (Part 2)

Do you look older than you feel? If you’ve tried anti-aging products but something is still missing, you might need to look at your teeth. Changes in your body when you age can affect your teeth, as can the accumulation of daily wear. Dr. James Fondriest, a cosmetic dentist serving Chicago’s North Shore, can help you keep… Read more »

What Is Dental Biofilm?

You probably make sure that you brush your teeth twice a day, and you might even floss your teeth once per day. But do you understand why practicing this daily dental hygiene routine is so important? The answer: biofilm. Dr. James Fondriest, a Lake Forest, IL, dentist, wants you to learn about biofilm so that… Read more »

Dr. James Fondriest: North Shore Prosthodontics

Dr. James Fondriest began practicing as a general dentist, for which he is licensed in the state of Illinois, and over the span of his decades-long career he’s undergone extensive training in the fields of cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and prosthodontics. Today, we will explain what the field of prosthodontics is so that you can… Read more »

Preparing for a dental visit to make your appointment more pleasant

If going to the dentist is a nerve-racking experience for you, it doesn’t need to be. In fact, there are things that you can do to make your dental appointments more pleasant. Dr. James Fondriest, a Lake Forest, IL, dentist, cares about his patients and makes sure that they receive the best service possible in… Read more »

Your Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Repairs the Results of Bruxism

If you have issues with bruxism (also called nighttime grinding) your dentist may have given you a bite guard to wear at night. But your dentist may not have the ability required to repair the effects of bruxism.  Dr. James Fondriest, a cosmetic dentist in Lake Forest, IL, can restore your teeth and reverse the… Read more »

The Benefits of Interdental Brushing

Do you skip flossing, or is it difficult because of dexterity issues, spacing between your teeth, or dental work? If you hate flossing, or find that it isn’t effective, you’re not alone. Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago dentist, recommends interdental brushing (also called proxy brushing) as a fantastic, and often better, alternative to flossing. What are… Read more »

Going Green: Eating Leafy Green Vegetables Could Prevent Oral Cancer

Leafy Green Vegetables Could Prevent Oral Cancer You could be aware of the dangers of oral cancer, especially if you regularly read this blog. Maybe you’ve read the statistics: oral cancer is diagnosed in 37,000 people each year, and it kills about one person every hour. You could also be aware that use of tobacco… Read more »

Porcelain Dental Crowns Can Improve Your Smile!

Tooth breakage, decay, and failed dental work negatively affect the appearance and functionality of your teeth. Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago cosmetic dentist­­­­­, places top-quality porcelain crowns that will repair your teeth and improve the way you look. Unlike metal crowns, porcelain crowns from Lake Forest Dental Arts: Blend with the natural color of your… Read more »

The Cosmetic Dentist as an Artist

Is Your Dentist an Artist? Cosmetic dentistry is a scientific discipline, but it also involves artistry. Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago cosmetic dentist, possesses the attention to detail and aesthetic eye of a true artist. His work is highly sought-after by people in Chicago and across the country. As an artist, are you proud of… Read more »

How Sophisticated North Shore Residents Achieve Whiter Teeth

If you want whiter teeth, you might be overwhelmed by the number of professional and over-the-counter products available. How do you choose the right one? You can start by eliminating over-the-counter products from your list, because they do not yield results that are as permanent or striking as professional whitening. As for the right professional… Read more »

High-Quality Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns

hi-quality porcelain fused to metal crowns

Crowns are a useful tool in restorative dentistry for a variety of reasons: Covering a decayed tooth when a filling alone can’t strengthen it Covering a misshapen or discolored tooth Holding together a cracked tooth Covering a dental implant Securing a bridge Three basic options for crowns exist:

Foods and Beverages That Stain Teeth

Foods that Stain your Teeth Everyone wants a beautiful smile, and bright teeth are a big part of the package. That’s why products like at-home whitening systems and whitening toothpaste are so popular. But many of the foods and drinks we consume can stain our teeth and take away from their beauty. On Monday, you learned… Read more »

Flossing Tips from Your Chicago Dentist

Does flossing daily seem like a tedious, unnecessary task? Do you rarely or never floss? Perhaps you should understand how important flossing is. Brushing alone cannot remove all of the food debris and plaque that hides between your teeth. When you don’t floss, you put yourself at risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth… Read more »

80% Of Americans Have Gum Disease

Gum Disease or Periodontal Disease, is a chronic infection of the gums. It is caused by bacterial plaque that accumulate on teeth and destroy the gums.  Plaque can build up on teeth if improper brushing and flossing habits have occurred, though some people are more prone to plaque buildup than others. Various medications and health… Read more »

Oral Cancer Awareness

Cancer kills over two million people annually. Of these two million people, approximately 7,900 people will die from oral cancer. Oral cancer has a considerably high death rate because it is rarely detected in early stages.  The HPV virus has been shown to be responsible for a rise in incidence of oral cancer. Dentists are… Read more »

Are You Harming Your Teeth, Lake Forest?

You know how to properly brush your teeth. You go in for regular dental checkups and cleanings. So you’re doing all you can to protect your teeth, right? Wrong. If you are practicing bad habits or eating the wrong foods, you could unknowingly be damaging your teeth. These habits can cause damage to your teeth:… Read more »

Do you brush your teeth properly?

How to brush your teeth You might think proper brushing is common sense, but many intelligent people brush their teeth incorrectly. Brushing and flossing your teeth properly is the key to keeping your mouth healthy. You should use a different technique from the one you used as a kid. Adults and children should use slightly… Read more »

Can Porcelain Veneers Improve Your Smile?

At Dr. Fondriest’s Lake Forest dental office, he’s given smile makeovers to many of his patients. They come to him unhappy with their appearance. But after their smile makeovers, they are confident and pleased. Porcelain veneers are one way that Dr. Fondriest improves people’s smiles. Porcelain veneers can rejuvenate your look by covering yellow or… Read more »

PFM Dental Crowns: Things You Didn’t Realize

PFM dental crowns in smile

You might find yourself at a crossroads when you are in need of a crown. You may really want a beautiful all porcelain restoration to maintain a beautiful and natural-looking smile after restorative care. However, depending on the location of your affected tooth, the restoration could benefit greatly from the strength of metal. The metal… Read more »