Posts Categorized: Healthy Living

All About Dental Cleanings

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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 »

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 »

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 »

Stress Management to Control Teeth Grinding

Management of your teeth grinding Our last post explained the basic symptoms and solutions of bruxism, or grinding teeth. In this post, Dr. James Fondriest, a Lake Forest IL dentist specializing in jaw pain, explains how stress contributes to bruxism and outlines steps you can take to control and prevent teeth grinding. Bruxism is a… Read more »

Popping Jaw Exercises

A popping jaw is typically an indication of temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMD). This jaw dysfunction is oftentimes characterized by its unique symptoms, which include a popping or clicking jaw alongside back, neck, and even shoulder pain. However, as uncomfortable as this disorder is, a few at-home exercises can help improve symptoms and alleviate the… Read more »

Exercise Keeps Teeth Healthy

Did you know that exercise keeps teeth healthy? Almost every physician shares two bits of advice with their patients: eat healthier and exercise more. Yet, were you aware that following this advice not only keeps your body healthy, it helps your teeth stay in top-notch shape, too. Today, Dr. James Fondriest shares the health benefits of… 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 »

Bleaching Treatment

Have you wanted to use bleaching treatment to improve the appearance of your smile? Then you should know that not everyone can have the procedure. In fact, dentists often suggest a different whitening alternative, should they fall into one these categories. If you’re unsure if you can receive teeth bleaching treatments, Dr. James Fondriest offers of… 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. 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 blog, your Lake Forest dentist,… 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 »

Lake Forest Dentist: Protect Your Heart and Dental Health

  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 simple steps can help reduce the risk of heart… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Dieting Tips for Your Mouth and Body

Most dieters are more concerned with their waistlines than they are with the health of their mouths. Unfortunately, these dieters are missing a big opportunity to make their diets work for their entire bodies. Much like the ripples that spread from a stone thrown into a lake, one small change can spread throughout the body. Because… 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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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

Teeth Cleaning with Herbs Have you considered anti-inflammatory herbs for your gums? Natural remedies come  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,… 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 »

“Is There a Connection Between Heart Disease and Oral Health?”

The American Dental Association recognizes an association between periodontal disease and other illnesses such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.  Since February is designated as heart health awareness month, our staff at Lake Forest Dental Arts would like to inform our readers about the link between heart disease and oral health. How Oral Health Can… 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 »

Reduce Your Risk for Heart Attack

It has been theorized since the 1920’s that heart disease and gum disease 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 »

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 »

Avoiding Lip Cancer

During the summer, you’ll probably be taking advantage of the warm weather by spending a lot of time in the sun. You probably know that sun protection is important, but did you realize how vital it is in safeguarding yourself from oral cancer? The lips are often forgotten when people apply sunscreen, and Dr. James… Read more »

Interdental Brushing | Using a Proxy Brush

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 using a proxy brush) as a fantastic, and often better, alternative to flossing…. 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 »

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 »

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 »