Posts Categorized: Healthy Living

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 »

Dental Facts For Seniors

As you age you probably don’t think about how your body is changing. Okay…that’s not true. You notice your aches and pains, but did you realize that your teeth and gums are aging too? You need to take special care of your body as it gets older, and that goes for your teeth, as well…. 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

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 exercise, which applies to your smile and body… 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 »

Not Everyone Qualifies for Teeth Whitening

Have you wanted to use teeth whitening 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, your… Read more »

Limit Acidic Foods to Protect Your Smile

What you eat truly affects your teeth, whether it’s positive or negative. By eating healthy foods, your smile can become fortified and stay healthy. On the other hand, having foods that contain high amounts of sugars can lead to cavities. Acid wear on the enamel comes from a diet rich in acids and the effects… 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 »

Boost your Immune System with Your Lake Forest Dentist

Cold and flu season affects everyone, whether you’re sick or taking care of someone. If you’re the type that worries about catching the new bug going around, you might be looking for ways to stave off sickness. You can still enjoy your day-to-day life and avoid cold and flu symptoms, though. A strong immune system… Read more »

How 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 »

Alcohol and Your Oral Health

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 consequences for the health of your mouth…. 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 »

All About 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 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 »

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 »

Prevent Cavities this Easter

While the Easter bunny hops away down the bunny trail, you’re left with the aftermath of marshmallows covered in sugar, giant rabbit-shaped chocolates, and hundreds of jelly beans. You may be wondering how you can let your children enjoy this Easter tradition without creating an oral health disaster. Chicago dentist Dr. Fondriest has tips for… 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 »

What You Need to Know About Your Tongue

The tongue is one of the most overlooked parts of the mouth. You have probably been told many times not to neglect brushing your tongue when you clean your teeth. Despite being frequently forgotten, your tongue is very important. The tongue has three major functions. It assists with chewing food and pronouncing words properly along… Read more »

“Do I Need to Sanitize My Toothbrush?”

Many patients inquire about how they should take care of their toothbrushes. For our patients wondering about toothbrush replacement and storage guidelines, our staff answers commonly asked questions below that are in accordance with the American Dental Association’s guidelines. Should I Buy a Special Solution to Sanitize My Toothbrush? At the least, we recommend that… 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 »

The Mighty Mandible

Of the 14 bones that make up your face, your mandible—lower jaw—is the largest and strongest. Unlike the other bones in your face, the mandible is not attached to your skull, and therefore has the incredible mobility that allows you to eat, speak, and spit. Time, diet, and dental work affect your mandible’s shape and… Read more »

Many People Grind or Clench Their Teeth

Many people grind or clench their teeth unconsciously.  Whether awake or asleep, this difficult-to-break habit, officially known as bruxism, can have detrimental effects on not only your teeth, but also your overall health. Breaking the habit while awake is not as serious as when asleep because—of course—it’s nearly impossible to break an involuntary action if… Read more »

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 »

Whole Mouth, Whole Body: Caring For Your Health

When you have a dental examination, Dr. Fondriest looks at more than just your teeth. Early symptoms of many illnesses show up in the mouth. Good oral hygiene and paying attention to your lips, gums, cheeks, and tongue are part of keeping your whole body healthy. You should know what your mouth looks and feels… Read more »

Staying Hydrated in Summer’s Heat (Part 1: Hydration is Important)

Hydration is important all year long, but especially during the summer. The dire effect of the recent heat wave that is sweeping through the central and eastern parts of the United States this summer is a stark reminder of just how important it is to stay hydrated. Why Is Hydration Important? Water makes up about… Read more »

Caring for Your Oral Health Could Protect Your Mental Health

Do you have cavities, the sniffles, or vision problems that you’ve been ignoring? Your mental health in the future may depend on a visit to a healthcare professional today. According to a recent study, regular checkups with your dentist, optometrist, and physician, along with an active lifestyle, could decrease your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease,… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Keep Your Toothbrush Sanitary for Your Dental Health, Chicago

Keep Your Toothbrush Clean and Sanitary When you brush your teeth, you’re main concern is, of course, removing food debris and plaque from your teeth. But your mouth is full of bacteria (including those found in plaque), much of which ends up on your toothbrush. According to the American Dental Association, studies show that microorganisms… 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 »

Women’s Health Week: How Dental Checkups Affect Total Health

This week, May 8-14, is National Women’s Health Week, an effort by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department to encourage women to take care of their bodies. Along with eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep, visiting your healthcare professionals on a regular basis helps maintain good health. Dental checkups and teeth cleanings keep… Read more »

Know the Facts: Gum Disease and Stroke

May is Stroke Awareness Month. How much do you know about strokeprevention? Did you know that stroke is linked to oral health? Although diabetes and high blood pressure are well-known risk factors for stroke, a recent study released by the Seoul National University-College of Dentistry in Seoul, North Korea, found that gum disease poses double… Read more »

Lake Forest Beware: 10 Foods and Beverages That Stain Teeth (Part 2)

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 »

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 »