Do you brush your teeth regularly? Perhaps you wouldn’t think of skipping a brushing. There are many people that brush religiously, yet do not floss. Less than half of Americans floss daily and 10 percent don’t floss at all. Both brushing and flossing are important to your dental health. Flossing helps prevent cavities, gingivitis, and… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Oral Systemic Health
Have you ever wondered why it is so important to have straight teeth? Do your teeth really need to be straight? Are true straight teeth attractive as well as necessary? The answer is yes to all of these questions. Having straight offers a multitude of benefits. Dr. James Fondriest of Lake Forest Dental Arts in… Read more »
It’s no secret that a healthy smile has an impact on your quality of life. Besides the confidence in showing your smile, you can also enjoy things like a lack of tooth discomfort and less worrying about tooth loss. However, the direct connection between your oral health and systemic well being isn’t as obvious, despite… Read more »
Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? The occurrence is common, though rarely accompanied by physical discomfort, and many people consider it normal and harmless. Unfortunately, those many people are wrong; bleeding is not a normal function of healthy oral tissue, and if your gums do it, then they may be in trouble…. Read more »
Improving oral health has become a leading health goal due to the oral-systemic connection. Extensive research has linked the condition of our oral cavity to the condition of our overall health; meaning that you need to take good care of your mouth in order to have a healthy body. The lack of proper oral hygiene… Read more »
There was a time when you would brush, floss, and gargle because you wanted white teeth and fresh breath. Today, you brush, floss, and gargle to maintain your health. Not just your oral health, but your overall health. Research has determined that your oral health affects your overall health and those people suffering from periodontal… 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 »
Does your posture have anything to do with your dental health? Good posture has much to do with many aspects of your health actually. You probably didn’t think standing up straight was really important but not only does your posture affect the way you feel mentally (happy or depressed), and the way you feel physically… 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, 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.
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 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.
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 »
Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season and it’s hardly two weeks away. In many homes across America a Thanksgiving turkey will be served. If you are already worrying about what to eat and what not to eat for the holidays for health reasons, there’s little reason to worry about turkey. Turkey is good for you,… Read more »
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.
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.
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 »
Must all silver amalgam fillings which contain mercury be replaced? Has your dentists suggested replacing all of yours? This is a hot button issue among dental professionals in the U.S. Is there enough mercury in silver amalgam fillings to cause illness? Are there facts that prove mercury leaches from silver fillings and causes illness? If… 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.
Feeling lethargic? Under the weather? Stick out your tongue. Your tongue is one of the most under-appreciated and overlooked organs in your body. A tongue is truly a fascinating thing. Not only does it consist of eight muscles that run in all directions so your tongue can move in the many unique ways it does,… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Are you depressed and anxious because you are experiencing tooth loss, or are you experiencing tooth loss due to feelings of depression and anxiety? It is commonly held that your dental health is associated with your overall health, as well as your emotional well-being. Periodontal disease has been linked to conditions such as diabetes, heart… Read more »
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 »
Aside from hygiene product commercials and visits to the dentist, you may not hear much about oral health. The lack of conversation about it, however, doesn’t accurately reflect the fact that most people have one or more serious dental issues to deal with. In fact, in the United States alone, over 90% of adults have… Read more »
You might recognize how poor oral hygiene can affect your everyday life. Cavities can cause to severe toothaches, gum disease can lead to tooth loss if not treated, and the excessive gathering of bacteria can chronically foul your breath. What you might not realize, however, is how neglecting your teeth and gums to lead to… Read more »
Gum disease is one of the most widespread dental health issues in adults today, and is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Its overall destruction isn’t due to the fact that gum disease is difficult to detect, or impossible to control. On the contrary, like most dental health issues, gum… Read more »
Over the past few years, research has emerged touting the many health benefits of green tea. According to numerous studies, the soothing, warm elixir can lower your risk for a range of systemic diseases, including cardiovascular disorders and diabetes. Additionally, many health and beauty experts claim that green tea helps treat acne and calm puffy… Read more »
Maintaining a healthy mouth is important. Nobody wants to deal with toothaches or swollen gums. Still, we get into bad habits that negatively affect our dental well-being. When we look to correct our problems, though, it is not just our mouth we should be worried about. Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest dentist, presents three… Read more »
In honor of Alzheimer’s awareness month, Dr James Fondriest would like to discuss how taking care of your oral health can help delay or reduce the risk entirely of developing cognitive impairments typical of Alzheimer’s disease sufferers. Gum Inflammation and Your Brain Researchers from the NYU dental school completed a study in 2010 finding links between… Read more »
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 »
It seems strange, doesn’t it? You’re reading correctly. Recent research has discovered a correlation between gum disease and arthritic knees. Periodontal Bacteria Migrating to the Knees Scientists found traces of periodontal bacteria, or gum bacteria, in the knees of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis patients, which in effect tracked the passage of bacteria from the mouth… Read more »
Roll out the pink, October is breast cancer awareness month. In honor of the fight against this disease, which accounts for nearly a third of all cancer diagnoses in women, your Lake Forest dentist will dedicate today’s post to discussing breast cancer and how it relates to your oral health. Breast Cancer in the United… Read more »
A recent article from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found a significant association between tooth loss and dementia. Those who can no longer chew food have a higher likelihood of developing dementia. Maintaining your oral health hosts a great number of benefits for the rest of your body, and the results of this… Read more »