Most of you probably think there is not much more to know about cavities other than that they’re caused by eating too much sugar, they are a black hole in your tooth, they hurt, and you have to have them filled. But there is plenty more to know about cavities than that. Take our true… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Oral Health
Everyone deals with bad breath at some point in their lives (like morning breath), and many people experience chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away easily. While bad breath can be bothersome by itself, the fact that you can’t get rid of it can make the situation that much more stressful. Thankfully, dealing with bad… Read more »
What is the best way of preventing cavities? In your quest to maintain a healthy smile, you may have already taken a look at your daily hygiene practices, and even increased your visits to the dentist for preventive care. However, if you have not taken a long, hard look at your diet, there are compelling… Read more »
How does coffee affect your teeth? What is your favorite part of waking up? Is it smelling a fresh pot or French press of coffee brewing? Is the smell, and first sip of a new cup of coffee also your favorite part of each afternoon? When you meet with friends, is it always over lattes,… Read more »
Did you struggle with several dental problems last year that required restorative dentistry to address? For instance, were you diagnosed with several cavities that required dental fillings? Cavities are incredibly common, both for children and adults. Fortunately, they are preventable. Through a mix of healthy habits and routine professional care, you really can protect your teeth from… Read more »
Most every person wants to enjoy great oral health, and just as importantly to avoid dental problems like cavities. Yet not everyone takes the time necessary to care for the teeth and gums. This is why preventable dental problems, like cavities, continue to impact nearly 90 percent of the adults in America. If you’d like… Read more »
When you finally bought your dream car did you let it sit unattended to in the driveway for years at a time, or did you enjoy taking it out on the open road? Chances are you couldn’t wait to hit the open road, or even to head to the grocery store, all because you were… Read more »
You might already have been told countless times that you should drink more water, in order to protect your overall health. Chances are your general doctor has been urging you to stay properly hydrated for years. Sadly, dehydration is common, and unfortunately it can lead to a host of issues, including headaches, dry mouth, dizziness,… Read more »
Watching what you eat and drink is an important part of maintaining your health. But it can be difficult to properly choose a diet, especially with so many factors to consider. For many people, the main connection between nutrition and oral health is that certain things they eat can negatively impact their teeth and gums…. Read more »
Does your best friend walk on four legs and answer to the name of Fido, or Fred? In other words, is your dog the light of your life and your very best pal? Many pet parents go to great lengths to help keep their pups, really their furry family members, healthy. From buying organic dog… Read more »
Do you sometimes worry that what you know about preventing dental problems could actually be wrong? If you have struggled with cavities, frequently in the past, there is a chance that you could and should be doing more to protect your teeth and gums’ health. If your gums appear inflamed and irritated, you could also… Read more »
Are you wondering what else you can do to help protect your smile this summer? After all, you know to wear sunscreen to protect your skin, and to drink water to keep your body properly hydrated. What does your smile need to look and feel its best through these warm summer months? Here are a… Read more »
Do you ever wonder if you are taking as great care of your gums as you try to take of your teeth? Many people are so focused on trying to protect and even beautify their teeth, that they neglect the steps necessary to maintain great gum health. Fortunately, a preventive dentist can help reduce inflammation… Read more »
Do you still feel overwhelmed by trying to take care of your teeth? Do you feel like cavities are inevitable, or that your gums will always feel sensitive and inflamed, no matter what you do? Many people do not understand what is truly required to keep their teeth and gums healthy, particularly as they age…. Read more »
Do you want to avoid the dental problems you experienced last year? Are you interested in maintaining a beautiful smile, now that you have finally had your braces removed, or competed professional teeth whitening? Whatever your most pressing reason for striving to take care of your smile, this year, the answer is the same: preventive dental… Read more »
Want to maintain a beautiful smile this year? Every great-looking smile starts with good oral health. And fortunately, developing a healthy smile does not involve a complicated process. It just requires maintaining a great dental hygiene routine, combined with regular checkups and cleanings at a general or preventive dentist. If you’re already brushing and flossing… Read more »
From preventing unsightly yellow marks from appearing on the teeth, to avoiding dental problems like cavities and gum disease, there are almost countless reasons to try to avoid plaque buildup. But many people don’t realize some of the simplest preventive steps they can take to keeping their teeth and gums healthy and plaque-free. If you… Read more »
If you enjoy a rich glass of wine with your dinner, or a nice ale with your friends, you’re not alone. Many alcoholic beverages make a fine compliment to a well-crafted meal, and some, like red wine, even boast heart benefits, as well. But if you think the only problem with having an extra glass… Read more »
Did you know that your headache, ear, or jaw pain, problems chewing, gum recession, sensitive or worn teeth, neck pain, and even ringing in the ears could be symptoms of Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (often called TMJ or TMD)? Many people associate TMJ with stiff jaws and nothing more, but it can actually cause a… Read more »
Preventive dentistry is one of the most important forms of dentistry. There’s a reason why dentists are constantly reminding patients to brush, floss, and to come in for biannual checkups. But why are those things so important to oral health, and how can you take better care of your teeth at home? Those are great… Read more »
Perhaps you would be surprised to know that your mouth plays host to living microorganisms. Some are naughty and some are nice. The naughty ones can cause a host of problems not only in your mouth but throughout your body. The nice ones are supposed to help keep the naughty ones in check. How is… Read more »
It seems that for years people have not considered their mouth a part of their body. That sounds strange doesn’t it? Yet, even the medical field has ignored the implications of a diseased mouth on a patient’s bodily health. Today that is changing. There has been all sorts of research indicating a connection between the… Read more »
In our last blog we discussed Stomatitis (a sore or inflamed mouth), where it occurs, and the different types. Although it may sound like it refers to your stomach, stomat is actually Greek for “mouth.” While not dangerous or life-threatening, Stomatitis can be uncomfortable and can make it difficult to eat, drink, talk, and sleep…. Read more »
Do you have stomatitis? Would you know if you did? Stomatitis is a catch-all term for a sore or inflamed mouth. It can occur anywhere in your mouth including on your lips, tongue, inner cheeks, your hard or soft palate, and your gingival tissue (gums). Stomatitis can be very disruptive by making it difficult to… Read more »
For those of you who have denture phobia (the fear of having to wear dentures) you may worry obsessively about your teeth and the health of your gums. Tooth loss is most commonly caused by periodontal disease, which in most cases can be avoided, and periodontal disease affects your gums. However, there are things that… Read more »
Swapping spit. That’s what kids call kissing now-a-days. And that is exactly what you are doing when you kiss. You swap spit, and bacteria that is in your spit. In fact, you can swap over 80 million bacteria in one 10 second kiss. So what happens if you swap spit with your dog? Many people… Read more »
The winter air can be cold and dry, or damp, depending on the temperature and your location. Most likely it will alternate between the two. Either way winter can be rough on your mouth. Your lips can become cracked and dry. Your teeth may be sensitive to the cold air, and your mouth may become… Read more »
Humans aren’t the only ones that require oral care, your dogs and cats do too. In fact, your pets can develop periodontal disease and it can affect other parts of their body. But that’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about a collaborative dental procedure performed on a Siamese-mix cat named Darryl…. Read more »
If you’ve been keeping up on the developments with periodontal disease and other health problems, then you probably won’t be surprised to find that periodontal disease may also be linked to pancreatic cancer. So far periodontal disease has been linked to a host of other chronic illnesses including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure,… Read more »
The reason dentures were invented is because without healthy teeth you cannot eat healthy. Your teeth allow you to masticate hard, tough, and crunchy foods. A variety of different foods provide a variety of vitamins and minerals that keep your body healthy. Perhaps you didn’t know that the digestive process begins in your mouth, and… Read more »
The lack of oral health among professional athletes is surprising. One might think they have access to the best oral and dental health available. So why is their oral health so bad? Not only can poor oral health have adverse effects on your overall health, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, athletes themselves… Read more »
Before 2008 it was required of certain patients to take antibiotics before dental treatment. This was to help protect them from a rare but very serious infection of the heart lining called Infective Endocarditis. Before invasive treatments that might leak harmful bacteria which can travel to the heart, antibiotics were prescribed for people at risk… Read more »
Considering the research, the importance of dental and oral health cannot be underestimated. The effects of your oral health reach far beyond your teeth and mouth. There are new research developments everyday that prove the connections. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains why better dental care means a healthier hospital stay.
Periodontal disease is definitely earning itself a bad reputation. Not only has it been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, dementia, and even impotence in men, and recently gum disease linked to kidney disease. Dr. Fondriest, explains the recent study linking periodontal disease and kidney disease.
Do you wear dentures? If so, do you wear them to bed? Recent research tells us that if you do, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Wearing dentures to bed can have ill effects on your oral and physical health. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains why denture wearers should beware.
It has been all over the dental news that oral health affects your overall health, but how does emotional health affect your oral health? A recent study has shown that people in emotionally abusive and physically aggressive relationships present with more cavities. The findings were strong and consistent: the more aggressive the relationship the more… Read more »
As soon as you thought you knew everything there is to know about childhood caries there’s more. Childhood caries is a chronic and infectious disease in young children and mostly seen in minority and poor populations. Caries is tooth decay, and ironically is common and widespread among children in the U.S. despite the available preventative… Read more »
You know exercise is good for you. It provides many health benefits. Some of those benefits include, lowering your blood pressure, strengthening your heart, losing weight, controlling your glucose levels, and boosting your mood. What you probably didn’t you know is that exercise is also good for your oral health. In today’s blog your Lake… Read more »
You don’t often think of your tongue unless you burn it or bite it. Sometimes you may stick it out, particularly at the doctors. Your dentist notices your tongue on every visit, because during a complete dental exam, your tongue should be examined too. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest discusses how dentists… Read more »
Would you rinse your mouth with seaweed? If it helped keep periodontal disease at bay you might. Periodontal disease is linked to chronic diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. Seaweed may help keep your gums healthy, which in turn may help keep you healthy. In that case, you may not mind using… Read more »
Everyone knows smoking is detrimental to your health. It causes cancer, heart disease, and lung disease. But not many people may know that tobacco use can cause periodontal disease. How much do you know about tobacco use and periodontal disease? Take your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest’s, true or false quiz below to find out.
There have been many statements made about fluoride and its safety, enough to confuse people and make them ask questions. Today, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, answers some of those questions and tries to clarify the myths and facts about fluoride.
Have you ever thought of being a dental hygienist? Steady work, good pay. Do you wonder what it takes to become one? If so, today Dr. Fondriest explains what to do if you want to be a dental hygienist.
Did you know that ancient mummified remains have been discovered with braces? It makes you wonder how they kept their teeth clean. As it was they were working with far fewer dental tools than we have today and less advanced ones at that. Take your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest’s, true or false quiz to see… Read more »
Did you know that cancer treatments can have an adverse affect on your oral health? Your oral cavity is a balance of good and bad bacteria and if that balance is disrupted, which cancer treatments can do, it can cause problems with your oral health. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains why, and… Read more »
Did you know there’s plastic in many of your personal care products? It’s true. When you use toothpaste with tiny colored specks, you are using a product with plastic. Those tiny specks are called microbeads. There are many ingredients in the products you use that you are unaware of such as microbeads. In today’s blog,… Read more »
Oral bacteria is a hot topic among researchers. Especially since the link between oral health and general health has been determined. Based on research it seems the role of the dentist may be expanding. Today your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains what oral bacteria can tell us.
You’ve heard of tooth decay, you know about fillings, you’ve heard of tooth extraction, but have you ever heard of dry socket? Most tooth extractions heal within a couple of days, but a common complication is called dry socket. Take your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest’s true or false quiz below to find out how much… Read more »
It has been theorized since the 1920’s that heart disease and oral health 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 »
Proper oral health care is important for diabetics. Substantial research has shown that high sugar levels associated with diabetes can contribute to oral health issues, and that periodontal disease can contribute to diabetes. Today, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, discusses dental care and diabetes.
Do you have a bad bite? Very few people are born with a perfect dental bite, what dentists call The Biological Dental Model. The Biological Dental Model is based on the perfect human model. It was not designed by man. Only about 30 to 40 percent of the population has a perfect bite. Today, Dr…. Read more »
Although modern man is highly advanced in technology, medicine, and the dental arts, the oral health of today is worse than oral health of ancient humans. Although you, as everyone else, would like to believe that modern man has the best oral health in human history, it’s not true. If you’re wondering why, read on.