Posts Categorized: General Dentistry

How long do veneers last?

How long do veneers last?

How long do veneers last? They are an excellent option for those looking to improve their smile dramatically. They cover a multitude of issues, such as gaps, cracks, discoloration, chips, decay, and even misaligned or worn-down teeth. Veneers create a durable, dazzling, natural-looking smile. Depending on your situation and needs, veneers can replace your entire… Read more »

Types of Mouthwash

Types of Mouthwash

Did you know that there isn’t just one type of mouthwash? In fact, some mouthwashes have a specialized purpose and require a prescription for purchase. In other words, not all mouthwashes were created equal, and this blog is meant to explain the key differences. To teach his patients about the types of mouthwash, Dr. James… Read more »

All About Dental Cleanings

dental cleanings

Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day are certainly important steps to keeping your smile beautiful, but it’s also important to schedule professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months. Our Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest wants you to know the benefits of regular cleanings and examinations and how they… Read more »

Dental Plaque

digital illustration of dental plaque

Most dental patients only talk about the topic of dental plaque with their dentists. What they might not realize is that dental plaque has positive qualities, as well as downsides. If you have never considered the role that dental plaque plays in keeping teeth healthy, read on to discover some interesting facts that most individuals… Read more »

Smile changes with age

Smile changes with age

While you can certainly limit the effects of aging by keeping up with a healthy diet and lifestyle, smile changes with age are inevitable over time. With that said, should you assume that your teeth will become less bright, and look less healthy, over time? Your smile can certainly be affected over the years if… Read more »

Strong teeth

Strong teeth

Your teeth are the most used parts of your body. Therefore, they need to be strong in order to successfully accomplish their duties without being worn down or damaged. They also need to remain strong enough to repel harmful oral bacteria and food particles that could lead to tooth decay. Today, we take a look… Read more »

How often should I get dental check up?

How often get dental check up?

Do you want to prevent ongoing oral health threats, the kind that could leave you suffering from discomfort and even downright pain? Want to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come? If so, regular dental care is absolutely essential. Cleanings help to remove tartar buildup, which could otherwise cause cavities. Seeking restorative… Read more »

What Happens if I Don’t Floss?

Maintaining gum health

For many people flossing is at the very bottom of their priority list. It can seem cumbersome, and many see it as unnecessary. “If I’m brushing my teeth, what’s the big deal about flossing?” Unfortunately, while brushing is a good start, it can still leave behind plaque and bacteria. Dentists don’t just recommend, but strongly… 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 »

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 »

Foul mouth odors

Foul mouth odors

Do you have foul mouth odors? 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 nasty breath is usually different for everyone. Treatment can range from improving… Read more »

TMJ related pain

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Cavities

Do you have cavities? You shouldn’t wait until your teeth or gums ache before visiting your dentist. Besides brushing and flossing your teeth twice every day, the American Dental Association (ADA) also recommends attending regular dental exams and cleanings at least once every six months. Ideally, good hygiene allows patients to prevent the formation of… Read more »

How Clenching Your Teeth Affects Your Dental Health

How Clenching Your Teeth

Even when patients diligently brush and floss their teeth, certain habits like teeth clenching can cause significant dental problems. For example, habitually grinding teeth can wear down a tooth’s natural defenses, leading to a host of dental problems that can destroy your smile. Clinically known as bruxism, habitual teeth grinding is more common than many… Read more »

General Dentistry from Lake Forest Dental Arts

How often do you visit the dentist? Regular dental care is crucial for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Without routine dental care, your smile may become susceptible to a number of serious dental problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and even TMJ disorder. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we provide the latest in quality… Read more »

Information about Porcelain Crowns

Want to learn more about porcelain crowns? Then take care to read today’s article. Here, Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest, IL dentist shares additional facts about porcelain crowns with his patients. Learn Essential Facts about Porcelain Crowns Porcelain crowns correct a number of dental issues. Dental crowns can correct just about any dental issues,… Read more »

Gold Crowns

Placing gold crowns is a common practice in dentistry. From dental bridges to repairing broken or decayed teeth, gold crowns help teeth regain functionality and uniformity. However, while crowns do offer a number of benefits, patients should consider the disadvantages of crowns, too. Dr. James Fondriest, provides patients with the straight facts about gold crowns…. Read more »

Top Rated Dental Products

Imagine this: you’re in the teeth cleaning aisle of the local drugstore trying to pick out a few items. Toothbrushes, toothpastes, floss, and mouthwashes bombard your vision. Which to choose​,is the question, yet the correct answer doesn’t come to mind. To help his patients avoid situations, such as the one described above, Dr. James Fondriest… Read more »

Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious oral illness that tends to become aggressive rather quickly, which is why the proper treatment must begin as soon as the first indicators of gum disease surface. If not, the consequences can wreak havoc upon your overall and oral health. Dr. James Fondriest explains the dangers of untreated gum disease with… Read more »

Vegan Dental Health Questions

Do you follow a vegan diet? Veganism is often criticized by the people who choose to not follow that dietary lifestyle and even some medical professionals. This is because it’s believed that the diet is unable to support a healthy body, due to the lack of nutrients vegans receive. However, while many of the foods… Read more »

Some Misconceptions about Dentistry

The average person has some misconceptions about dentistry and oftentimes those misconceptions tend to lead to few and sparse dental visits. However, at Lake Forest Dental Arts, we like to keep our patients informed about dental work. In today’s fun and informative blog post, Dr. James Fondriest reveals some truths about dentistry. Learn the Real Truth… Read more »

Teeth Whitening Tips

Have you considered completing a teeth whitening procedure recently? If you’ve answered yes, you’re not the only one. In fact, having the whitest and brightest smile is the goal of many people and oftentimes, it leads to the endless use of over-the-counter bleaching kits. While whitening is perfectly safe to do, some limitations do apply…. Read more »

Closing diastemas: Closing gaps in your smile

Do you have a gap in your smile? The dental term for a gap or space between two teeth is diastema. Many patients ask us about closing diastemas or the gaps between their teeth. There are many cosmetic options available for closing the gaps in your smile. What do Michael Strahan, Elton John, and Condoleezza… Read more »

How Your Tongue Affects Your Dental Health

When discussing dental care, most people focus on their teeth. While bright, healthy teeth are vital for good dental health, don’t overlook the tongue. Caring for the tongue is important. In addition to being one of the strongest and fastest healing muscles in the human body, the tongue helps maintain good oral hygiene. In today’s… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Love Your Heart This Valentine’s Day

  We’re now in the middle of American Heart Month. In addition to wooing your sweetheart, why not take the time to care for your actual heart? Physicians, dentists, and healthcare professionals take advantage of American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease prevention. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James… Read more »

Bacteria Can Fool Your Immune System

In the United States, over 75% of adults exhibit symptoms of gum disease. Literally millions of Americans suffer from the affects of periodontal disease. Recently, researchers discovered a new clue as to why this disorder is so widespread. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how the bacteria that cause gum… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains How to Prevent Bone Loss

  When caring for their smiles, few people consider the importance of a healthy jawbone. In fact, your jawbone helps keep your teeth strong, healthy, and holds them in place. But when a patient fails at replacing missing teeth, they leave their jawbone vulnerable to bone loss. In today’s blog, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how… Read more »

Protect Your Heart with better Dental Health

Did you know that dental health and heart health are related? This February medical professionals across the country are observing American Heart Month. The goal is the raise awareness about heart disease prevention. In America, one out of every three deaths is a result of heart disease and stroke. Many people don’t realize that a few… Read more »

How to Floss

Has your dentist or hygienist ever really shown you how to floss? 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… Read more »

Bisphosphanates and jawbone infections

There is a clear connection between bisphosphanates and jawbone 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… 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 »

Sugar free gum

Do you chew sugar free gum? October might seem like the official candy month, with Halloween front and center, but did you know that it is also National Dental Hygiene Month? This year the American Dental Hygienists Association has partnered with the manufacturer of Wrigley gum to compile a month long agenda, the goal of… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Link between gum disease and 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 Dental 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 »

Energy drinks damage 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 »

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 »

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 »

Dental Cavity Facts from Your Chicago Dentist

Dental cavities are a common dental ailment. Despite the prevalence of cavities, tooth decay is a serious condition. Tooth decay must be addressed by dental treatment. Over time, cavities will become larger and may infect the sensitive interior structures of teeth. Dr. James Fondriest addresses cavities with white restorations that help prevent further dental damage… Read more »

Bad Dental Habits You Should Avoid

Are you harming your teeth? Surprisingly, many of our patients are unaware that many habits are detrimental to their oral health. For patients who have recently had restorative or cosmetic dental work, these bad dental habits may affect the appearance and function of their smiles. Dr. James Fondriest wants his patients to preserve their smiles… Read more »

Sports Drinks Are Dangerous

Did you know that sports drinks are dangerous? Dr. James Fondriest encourages his patients to live an active lifestyle with plenty of cardiovascular exercise. Many of us are concerned about staying hydrated throughout the day and sports drinks are a common choice for maintaining a healthy level of hydration. Although beneficial ingredients in sports drinks like… Read more »

“Why Does My Dentist Recommend Fluoride?”

Dr. James Fondriest and our staff recommend that our patients use fluoride in their daily health regimens. Fluoride is found in many types of toothpaste and provides numerous benefits to dental health. What is Fluoride? A mineral on the periodic table, fluoride naturally occurs in food and water.  For example, underground water sources often naturally… Read more »

Should You Get a Second Opinion?

It’s important that you understand exactly what dental treatment you’re receiving and why it’s necessary. If the condition of your mouth confuses you, or your dentist confuses you, then Dr. Fondriest recommends seeking a second opinion to clear things up. Why Should I Get a Second Opinion? All dentists have different backgrounds, training, and perspectives on… Read more »

How Many Smiles Do You Have?

The average person has about six to eight distinct types of smiles, each one different depending on your mood and situation. Dr. Fondriest can make all your types of smiles look beautiful. Has anyone ever told you that they “can’t read you?” Some people are very readable, meaning their emotions, thoughts, and mood show in… Read more »

Honoring Your Dentist

Your smile needs to receive the best dental care available to stay healthy and beautiful. Education, experience, and technique are some of the main qualities people look for when searching for a new dentist. Dr. James Fondriest has numerous awards, honors, and recognitions that make him favorable to so many patients. Honorary Organizations Dr. Fondriest… Read more »

Overcoming Dental Phobia and Fear

In honor of World Mental Health Day, we’re talking about fear of the dentist and dental phobia. Although they’re not usually associated with the conventional idea of mental health, feelings of fear and anxiety fall into the general mental health category. Anything that causes you to feel afraid, anxious, or uneasy is directly related to… Read more »

What is Dental 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 »

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 »

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 »