Posts Categorized: Patient Comfort

The Care You Deserve | Seeking another opinion

Visiting the dentist can cause you to feel a bit hesitant in some cases. We commonly find that patients feel concerned about whether they are being provided with dental care that is appropriate for their needs, whether diagnoses are accurate, and that they feel extremely passionate about receiving gentle care. When it comes to ensuring… Read more »

Treatments for Stomatitis

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 »

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 »

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 »

Foods that make TMJ worse

Do you have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder? Then this article may prove beneficial for you. TMJ disorder is a serious condition that affects the joint in your jaw. This causes patients great discomfort and pain, which is why managing it is incredibly important. Part of managing TMJ disorder is watching your diet. There are certain… Read more »

Speak Up! Your Lake Forest Dentist is Listening

Too often, we go for a dental checkup and do not participate. Sure, talking is difficult with your mouth open and occupied by oral health-improving instruments. But communicating with your dentist can change the way your dental appointments run. Speaking up could even save you from serious issues down the road. The next time you settle into the… Read more »

Overcoming Dental Phobia and Fear

In honor of World Mental Health Day, we’re talking about fear of the dentist and dental phobia. Although they’re not usually associated with the conventional idea of mental health, feelings of fear and anxiety fall into the general mental health category. Anything that causes you to feel afraid, anxious, or uneasy is directly related to… Read more »

The Human Touch

It’s amazing just how far the field of dentistry has evolved thanks to modern day technology and science. For dental professionals today, it’s not enough to just keep your patients’ teeth clean. Continuing education courses and countless hours and dollars are constantly being spent to ensure that patients receive the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and high-quality… Read more »