Posts Categorized: Oral Hygiene

Plaque – Tips to Slow Down Plaque Buildup

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Dental plaque is the sticky, uncomfortable biofilm that forms around your gum line just hours after brushing your teeth. It’s the product of hundreds of types of oral bacteria gathering in your mouth, and when left unattended, it can quickly calcify into tartar. Tarter is insoluble and no amount of toothpaste and water can remove… Read more »

How to Clean a Dental Bridge

Tooth loss is never an ideal circumstance, but when life happens, restorative dentistry can restore a full, functional smile. Thankfully, with the number of tooth replacement methods available, restoring your smile is relatively simple. One of the more common dental restorations is a dental bridge. Dental bridges can fill gaps in your smile with artificial… Read more »

More Advice for Better Oral Hygiene

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It’s no secret that prevention is the best dental medicine, and most people realize that their daily hygiene routine is the cornerstone of that prevention. However, many people also lack in certain areas of their hygiene routine, and that can leave their smiles vulnerable to chronic issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Therefore, such… Read more »

Are You Missing Something in Your Hygiene Routine?

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The good thing about dental hygiene these days is that keeping your smile healthy is simpler than it’s ever been. For instance, brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride-enhanced toothpaste, along with flossing every day with tooth-friendly floss, can be enough to keep plaque from clinging to your teeth. However,… Read more »

Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Many adults with developmental disabilities cannot tend to their own dental needs and therefore require assistance from caregivers. Research has shown that somewhere there is a disconnect between the caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities and the at-home dental care that adults with developmental disabilities receive.  Because of this there has been a call not… Read more »

Endocarditis and Dental Treatment

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 »

Better Dental Care, Healthier Hospital Stay

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 Now Linked To Kidney Disease

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, it has more recently been linked to a risk of kidney disease. In today’s blog your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains the recent study linking periodontal disease and kidney disease.

Periodontal Disease And Impotence

Men beware, not only has periodontal disease been linked to many systemic health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, it has been linked to impotence as well. So if you are a man looking for a reason to take better care of your teeth and gums, don’t wait to make a New Year’s resolution…start… Read more »

Do You Need To Brush Before Bed?

Do you brush before bed? It’s a very important time to brush if you don’t. Otherwise, everything from throughout the day sits in your mouth collecting bad bacteria. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, discusses the need to brush your teeth before bed.

Why do Gums Bleed When Brushed?

If you only floss occasionally then it is usually normal that your gums bleed when brushed. Hopefully at least they then consider flossing more. When there is bleeding with brushing, most people brush their teeth less vigorously. This is actually usually the wrong thing to do. It may be that you actually don’t know how… Read more »

Cancer Treatments and Your Oral Health

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 »

News About Oil Pulling

Many people like to use all natural ingredients and home remedies for aches, pains, illnesses, and health care. Natural is always better, but does natural always work? There are many home remedies that have been proven to work, others not so much, and still others that we remain skeptical about. Today your Lake Forest Dentist,… Read more »

Medieval Dentistry | Dentistry in Medieval Times

Although you may think that the field of dentistry is a modern invention, research indicates that dentistry has been discussed, written about, and practiced in various ways since ancient times. There are actual specimens of dentition, metal prosthetic apparatus, and other indestructible materials showing dental work was done on ancient teeth. Modern dental traditions can… Read more »

Foods Bad for Your Teeth

Food provides your body with essential vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy. Certain foods are bad for your teeth and others are considered better. Some are just empty calories while others can provide energy, brain power, or protect you from illness.  Although you may not often give it a thought, food affects your teeth… 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 »

What Your Oral Health Can Tell You

Your body is made up of many different systems. But no one system exists in and of itself. Each system is dependent on the others. For instance, your brain (nervous system) tells your heart to beat (circulatory system). Our muscles, skin, and organs rely on our skeletal system (our bones) to hold them up, but… Read more »

What You Should Know About Periodontal Disease

Other than tooth decay, periodontitis is the leading threat to dental health. Numerous studies have indicated a link between dental health, mental health, and your overall health.  Poor oral health has been associated with heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and lung infections. When it was believed that oral health was a problem in and of… 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 »

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 »

The Ultimate Dental Hygiene Quiz

A toothbrush is one of the most recognizable products across the world, and with good reason. Unlike our ancestors, most of us live by simple, though effective, standards of good hygiene and dental health, which the toothbrush contributes to significantly. Nevertheless, just because you recognize a toothbrush and how to use it doesn’t mean you’re… Read more »

Top-Rated, Everyday 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 »

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 »

Common Problems with Dental Bridge

In our last dental bridge blog, we discussed proper bridge cleaning techniques to ensure your oral health remained in tact even with bridgework. This article covers the problems typically associated with bridges. Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest, IL dentist, discusses these issues to keep his patients informed about this tooth replacement option. Problems Frequently Seen… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains the Importance of Roots and Cementum

  While a bright smile can boost our confidence, we shouldn’t forget to pay attention to what’s happening to our teeth below the gum line. The roots and cementum of our teeth help keep our smile healthy and beautiful. Dr. James Fondriest, explains the importance of our less visible tooth structure.

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 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 Gums

When people consider cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, they rarely consider their gums. While Americans spend over 1.4 billion dollars a year on teeth whitening systems, over 75% of the country has some sort of gum problem and 47% of adults have gum disease. In today’s blog, Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest,… Read more »

See Your Lake Forest Dentist Today for a regular dental checkup

A visit to your dentist can go one of two ways. If you follow the American Dental Association’s suggestion of checkups every six months, your time in the dentist’s chair can pass quickly and comfortably. If you find yourself among the 74% of Americans who only see a dentist when a problem develops, you might… Read more »

Crazy Toothpaste Flavors

We have all heard about the importance of brushing teeth regularly since we were children. But a lifetime of minty toothpaste may get a little boring. While there are different varieties of mint, and even bubblegum, flavors to choose from, our options aren’t vast. Since we should never stop our brushing routine, maybe some investigation… Read more »

Real Men Don’t Wear Veneers: The Changing Face of Cosmetic Dentistry

As a society, Americans have historically tended to associate a concern for one’s personal appearance with women. For men, caring too much about the way you looked threw your masculinity into question. In recent years, however, that way of thinking is changing. Men are becoming more aware of how their appearance directly affects both their… 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 »

Bacteria in Your Mouth: Your Oral Ecosystem

Scientist Discover More About Bacterial Behaviors The word “bacteria” has gained many negative connotations. Our germ-phobic culture creates products that claim to disinfect 99.9% of bacteria; antibacterial gel dispensers reside on bank teller desks, classroom walls, and grocery store registers everywhere. But did you know that not all bacteria is negative, especially in your mouth?… 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 »

Why Biting Your Nails is Bad for Your Health

More Than Just a Nervous Habit Almost everyone has a nervous habit. Some people continually adjust their clothing, some women twirl their hair, and others bite their nails. While some nervous habits are harmless, some habits, like the latter can be detrimental to your health. Nail Biting Spreads Bacteria If you remember your mother telling… Read more »

Hidden Sugar in the Foods You Eat

Why are we getting cavities? Spring is a minefield of sweets and candy. With Valentine’s Day, Easter, cotton candy at the carnivals, and that long awaited day when snow cone stands reopen for business, you may find yourself overindulging in springtime treats. Sugar is often cited as the worst offender for your dental health and… Read more »

Short History of Toothpaste

The modern consumer now has the option of hundreds of flavors, colors, brands, textures, sizes, and health claims of contemporary toothpastes. Just like most hygiene products, the history of toothpaste had its dark days. Here is brief history of the evolution of toothpaste into the booming industry it has become today. The earliest forms of… Read more »