Posts Categorized: Patient Education

Hypodontia: Replacing Congenitally Missing Teeth

patient with Hypodontia

If you are someone dealing with hypodontia, then this is likely a term with which you’re already very familiar. In short, it means that due to heredity, you have not developed one or several permanent teeth. When teeth fail to grow, you are left with an adult smile with open spaces in it. Of course,… Read more »

Tongue Thrusting: How Does Your Child Swallow?

Tongue Thrusting: How does your child swallow?

Did you know that 20 to 80 percent of orthodontic patients throughout the U.S. present with some form of tongue thrust? Do you know what tongue thrusting is? Babies are born with this natural “extrusion reflex” for survival. When their lips are touched, they extend their tongue expecting the breast or bottle.  Within the first… Read more »

The Importance of Flossing Your Teeth

Flossing for healthy teeth and gums

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 »

Can You Be Immune To Cavities?

digital image of tooth with cavity

Is it Decay Immunity or just good Cavity Prevention? Tooth decay is an international chronic infectious health disease in industrialized and developing countries, especially in young children. Early Childhood Caries (ECC) begins early in life, progresses rapidly, and causes immediate and long-term effects. People suffering from tooth decay, particularly untreated decay, and especially children, can… 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 »

Cavity Repair Gel?

cross-section illustration of dental cavity

If you have succumbed to cavities, then you are familiar with the process of getting them filled. Before filling the decayed tooth, your dentist will numb the area where the restoration will be placed. Your gums, teeth, and any surrounding tissue is also numbed. A hole is drilled, and the hollow tooth will now be… Read more »

Bad Breath and Dental Bridges

illustration of a dental bridge

Cleaning dental bridges can be cumbersome. The spaces between the pontics (or false teeth) and the gum line tend to be areas where bacteria and particles of food can gather. Because of such, a specialized flossing technique for removal is required. If those spaces are not cleaned properly, patients can experience severe bad breath or… Read more »

Migraines, Jaw Pain, and the Mysteries of TMJ Disorder

woman suffering from a migraine

If you suffer frequent headaches, you are not alone. The World Health Organization estimates that about 50% of adults (18-65) worldwide suffer from headache disorders. Of those who reported having headaches, about 30% had migraines.1 If you frequently experience the debilitating pain and nausea associated with migraines, statistics probably do not matter. You only want… Read more »

Do You Wake Up with Sore Cheeks and Temples?

Do you have frequent sore cheeks or temples? Some people experience pain and tension in their facial regions after waking up. Sleep is supposed to rejuvenate your mind and body after a long day of work or school. Unfortunately, some people wake up with even more tension and pain. Headaches, dizziness, earaches, and jaw pain… Read more »

What Happens if I Don’t Floss?

For many people flossing is at the very bottom of their priority list. It can seem cumbersome, and many see it as unnecessary. “If I’m brushing my teeth, what’s the big deal about flossing?” Unfortunately, while brushing is a good start, it can still leave behind plaque and bacteria. Dentists don’t just recommend, but strongly… Read more »

What is the Best Way to Whiten Teeth?

With everything from natural home remedies to over-the-counter products being touted as the latest breakthrough in teeth whitening technology, it can be hard to know which is the best solution for whitening teeth. In fact, many whitening treatments can be effective. But the best way to brighten your teeth is by choosing the option that… Read more »

Dental Materials: Zirconia

Dental materials are getting better all the time. They are more esthetic, easier for the dentist or laboratory technician to sculpt and mold, have more disadvantages once they are placed, and last longer than earlier favorites. Porcelain is the most commonly used dental material today, but zirconia is fast becoming one of the favored dental… Read more »

A Word About Dental Materials

There are several dental materials in use today, and new and improved ones are always being developed. During historical times dentures used to consist of animal teeth and the teeth of deceased people. Today you can have dentures made with porcelain teeth that look and function just like real teeth. That’s because dentistry continues to… Read more »

Cosmetic Dental Questions You’ve Been Wanting To Ask

Cosmetic dentistry can seem mysterious and off limits to those of us who know little about it. At one time it seemed as if cosmetic dental treatments were only for the rich and famous. Today cosmetic treatments are becoming more and more popular among the general public. While the cost of cosmetic treatments varies, they… Read more »

Computed Tomography For Precision Placement Of Implants

CT scans play an extremely important role in the planning the future locations of implants. It is rare today to find a surgeon willing to take the risk of placing titanium fixtures without a CT scan. Computed tomography is often combined with digital software that helps to specify the arch location, depth, and axial inclinations… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentist Vs General Dentist

Both a general dentist and cosmetic dentist hold the same dental degree. A general dentist can only perform certain procedures. However, a cosmetic dentist can perform procedures that a general dentist has not been trained to. General dentistry focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatments of problems. Prevention would consist of regular checkups and cleanings,… Read more »

Root Canal Retreatment: Is It Right For You?

There are constantly new and improved dental treatments due to advances in dental technology. If you had a root canal several years ago, the way your treatment was performed may have changed. New and improved techniques are always being developed to decrease chair time for the patient and make things faster, easier, and less uncomfortable…. Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry Not Recommended For Children

If your child was a tetracycline baby would you have veneers placed over his/her teeth? After all who wants their child to walk around with greenish-brown teeth? What will people think? That you don’t practice any sort of oral hygiene? According to research, more and more children are undergoing cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening,… Read more »

Porcelain as a favored material for use in Dentistry

Dentist’s Use Porcelain for Restorations There are various dental materials on the market today for any of a number of modalities. Some dental materials provide strength, others esthetics, and some provide both. They all have their advantages and drawbacks and may be recommended for certain treatments and not others. Ceramics have played a role in… Read more »

Pet dental health | It’s Not Too Late for your pet’s teeth

It may be the last few days of February which is National Pet Dental Health Month but it is never too late to take care of your pet’s dental health no matter the month.  The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) declared February National Pet Dental Health Month because they want to boost awareness regarding the… Read more »

Hygiene Recommendations for Your Gums

Taking care of your gums is important to both your tooth health and your overall health. Poor gum health can lead to periodontal disease which is the major reason for tooth loss. Periodontal disease has also been implicated in several other health conditions including diabetes, heart diseases, dementia, erectile dysfunction, and others. Unless gum disease… Read more »

Why You Need Dental Implants

Tooth loss doesn’t just result in an unattractive smile; it can cause a whole host of problems. Depending on where and how many teeth are missing you may have difficulty eating, speaking, and maintaining straight teeth. The underlying jawbone can begin to atrophy or shrink which can cause problems if and when you decide to… Read more »

Can You Keep Your Teeth White By Flossing?

When you think of whitening your teeth you probably think of in-office whitening, take-home whitening kits, over-the-counter whitening kits, toothpastes, and even mouthwashes, but do you ever think of dental floss? Keeping your teeth white can be a challenge even after professional or over-the-counter whitening. Bleaching doesn’t last forever, sometimes not even for a few… Read more »

We Can Give You A Healthy Mouth

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 »

Why Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal?

Do you ever wonder why certain dental treatments are used for one procedure but not another? Each dental material has advantages and disadvantages. You and your cosmetic dentist will weigh the pros and cons when deciding which material best suits your needs. There are several cosmetic materials to choose from and new ones being researched… Read more »

Minimally Invasive Dental Treatments

In recent years the dental profession has moved toward the practice of minimally invasive dentistry. At the heart of minimally invasive dentistry is respect for the natural tooth structure and original tissue of the patient. The patient’s original healthy tissue is of more biological value than a non-biological fabricated replacement. The first and foremost way… Read more »

Do You Know What Ingredients Are In Your Tooth Whitening Products?

Everybody wants white teeth but going to the dentist for a bleaching isn’t always convenient. Sometimes it isn’t even an option. For instance, you may want a cheaper way out, or maybe your dentist doesn’t offer in-office whitening. You could get a take-home whitening kit from your dentist, or you could buy an over-the-counter whitening… Read more »

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Dental treatments that improve the aesthetics  and function of a patient’s gums, teeth, or bite are considered cosmetic dentistry.  Your regular general dentist provides preventive dentistry to keep your teeth and gums healthy which includes a thorough oral examination, a professional dental cleaning, and x-rays. A true generalist dentist might do other treatments that commonly are… Read more »

Your Mouth Is Part Of Your Body

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 »

Looking To Improve Your Smile: Part 2

A beautiful smile no longer needs to be out of your reach. Cosmetic procedures are at everyone’s finger tips these days and there are a variety of treatments with various costs, so everyone can benefit. No longer is that Hollywood smile available only to the rich and famous. Cosmetic dental treatments can correct stained teeth,… Read more »

The Golden Proportion Of Dentistry

Your smile is important. Not only does a nice smile make you feel good about yourself, it affects the public’s perception of you.  People with a great smile are perceived as more intelligent, more successful, friendlier, more outgoing, more honest, more brave, more, more, and more. A healthy, esthetic smile can get you more job… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry And Continued Education

The number of cosmetic dentists in the United States is expected to grow by 21 percent over the next six years. The utilization of cosmetic services is expected to continue to grow as well. With less invasive and faster services due to new treatments and technologies, a higher percentage of the population is considering aesthetic… Read more »

What Are No-Prep Veneers?

Are you looking for an alternative to traditional dental veneer treatment? Something less invasive? Maybe you’ve look into cosmetic bonding but didn’t think that was right for you. There are many low-prep and no-prep veneers options on the market today. Although not all veneer cases lend themselves to low-prep or no-prep, your dentist can tell… Read more »

Depression Drug and Dental Implants

You’ve heard the saying “You are what you eat,” well, that goes the same for medications. You are what medicines you take, and some of them have side effects that are still unknown. For people with implants or who may be considering an implant, the following information may be helpful. Doctors remain aware of the… Read more »

Tooth Decay On Indian Reservations

Dental caries, or childhood tooth decay, is a concern world-wide. One might wonder why anyone in the U.S. should have to worry about childhood tooth decay with fluoridated water supplies and advanced dental technology. What is even more worrying is the percentage of tooth decay among the Navajo Nation and American Indians overall.  Research has… Read more »

Olympic Teeth

Olympic athletes are larger than life to us average Joes. They seem to have everything they need: coaches, doctors, sports therapists. They have Olympic lives, Olympic bodies, Olympic medals, and Olympic teeth. Stop. The fact is that Olympic athletes have poor dental health. They don’t have what you would imagine to be Olympic teeth: perfect… Read more »

Tooth Erosion And What Causes It

Everybody worries about cavities because they are uncomfortable and inconvenient. While many of you don’t mind getting your teeth cleaned, most of you probably do mind getting cavities filled. Cavities aren’t the only thing to worry about when it comes to your dental health. There is tooth erosion, abrasion, and attrition. All of them are… Read more »

What is Stomatitis?

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 »

Bisphosphantes with Dental Problems | Is Your Jaw Safe

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 »

Posture And Poor Dental Health

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 »

Do Your Genetics Affect The Strength Of Your Tooth Enamel?

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. It protects your inner tooth (the dentin and pulp) from decay. Mature enamel consists of 96 percent minerals, 3 percent water, and 1 percent organic material. It is hard and fracture tough, yet tooth decay or childhood caries is a chronic worldwide disease. Caries begins on… 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 »

Pancreatic Cancer and Gum Disease?

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 »

Healthy Teeth Help Digestion

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 »

Athletes: Take Care Of Your Oral Health

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 »

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 »

Rotten Relationships, Rotten Teeth

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 »

More News on Childhood Caries

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 »

Keeping Your Teeth White After Whitening

You might think your teeth are going to stay white for some time after over-the-counter whitening but they may not stay white for as long as you hope. To help keep your teeth white, however, there are some things you can do. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, gives you some tips regarding… Read more »

Exercise and Oral Health

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 »

Examining Your Tongue for Oral Cancer

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 »

Digital Implant Technology | Guided Surgery

Placing implants is a precise and complicated process. while we pre-plan the entire process, we actually do not do the surgical part of placing the implant. Today’s technology and equipment can make placing implants controlled and cosmetically more able to replicate a natural tooth. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains how digital implant… Read more »