Posts Categorized: Patient Education

Types of Mouthwash

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 »

Get a bright white smile!

Bright white smile

Do you want a bright smile? Stains and discolorations cause a lot of people to feel insecure about their smiles. Has insecurity about your teeth held you back in business or your personal life? It’s hard to muster confidence to try new things and meet new people, when you’re busy hiding imperfections in your smile…. 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 »

Cavity Prevention | Are You Immune To Cavities?

cavities occur without good cavity prevention

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

Many people do not know how to clean a 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…. Read more »

Is it important to have straight teeth?

Is it important to have straight teeth?

Why straighten crooked teeth? Have you ever wondered why it is so important to have straight teeth?  Do your choppers really need to be straight? Are truly straight teeth attractive as well as necessary? The answer is yes to all of these questions. Making everything straight offers a multitude of benefits. Dr. James Fondriest in… Read more »

Cavity Repair Gel?

cavity repair gel in development

Wouldn’t it be great if your dentist could put a cavity repair gel on a cavity instead of drilling your teeth. 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…. 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 and TMJ

woman suffering from a migraine

Have you wondered if your headaches are caused by migraines or TMJ? 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… Read more »

Do You Wake Up with Sore Cheeks and Temples?

sore cheeks and temples

Do you have frequent sore cheeks or temples? Some people experience cheekbone 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… Read more »

Does your Dentist Listen To Patients?

listen to patients

Are you tired of doctors that don’t listen to patients. When you want to make changes to your smile, you may have a clear vision for what you want to see after your work is completed. Our office recognizes the value of seeing cosmetic care as a collaborative experience. When you come in for a… Read more »

Smile changes with age

Smile changes with age

While you can certainly limit the effects of aging by keeping up with a healthy diet and lifestyle, smile changes with age are inevitable over time. With that said, should you assume that your teeth will become less bright, and look less healthy, over time? Your smile can certainly be affected over the years if… Read more »

What Happens if I Don’t Floss?

Maintaining gum health

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 »

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 »

TMJ symptoms

Have you heard of TMJ? TMJ stands for your temporomandibular joint. Your temporomandibular joint is the sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. If this joint becomes sore, pops or clicks when opening and closing, becomes stiff, or is limited in movement you may have a TMD. A TMD is a disorder of… 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 »

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 A Cosmetic Dentist?

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 »

How the Golden Proportion is used in 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 »

Depression Drugs linked to Dental Implant failures

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 »

Indian Reservations have high rate of tooth decay

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

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 »

Stomatitis

Do you have stomatitis? Would you know if you did? Although it may sound like it refers to your stomach, stomat is actually Greek for “mouth.” 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… 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 »

Developmental disabilities and dental health

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 »

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 and 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 from Dental Treatment

Before 2008 it was required of certain patients to take antibiotics before dental treatment. It was thought that dental treatment would cause endocarditits. 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… Read more »

Healthier Hospital Stay linked to Better Dental Care

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, Dr. Fondriest, explains why better dental care means a healthier hospital stay.

Gum Disease Linked To Kidney Disease

Gum disease 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, and recently gum disease linked to kidney disease. 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 »

Childhood Cavities

As soon as you thought you knew everything there is to know about childhood cavities there’s more. Childhood cavities or 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… Read more »

Keeping Your Teeth White After Whitening

Have you been given bleach maintenance instructions? 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… 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 »

Digital Implant Technology | Guided Surgery

Implant planning

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 »

Seaweed Mouthwash?

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 »

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 »

Porcelain on Metal Crowns

PFM crowns

If you have a damaged tooth via accident or decay, there are many treatment options available to save it.  There are minimally invasive and more invasive options depending on the case. Extreme decay and accident would probably require a more invasive treatment. In today’s blog, Dr. Fondriest discusses one option: Porcelain on Metal Crowns. What are… 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 »

Why Microbeads?

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 »

What is Dry Socket?

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 »

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Tooth Stains

When you look at your teeth you may think you are seeing the color of your enamel, and you are. Your tooth color, however, is a combination of your enamel, which is semi-translucent, and the color of your dentin. So if you thought your teeth were looking a bit shabby and you decided to whiten… Read more »

Medieval Dentistry | Dentistry in Medieval Times

When was the beginning of medieval dentistry? 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… Read more »

Is Your Malocclusion Causing Headaches?

Do you get frequent headaches? Headaches are a common malady. One in every eight Americans suffer recurring headaches. According to research, 80 percent of those headaches are caused by muscular tension. But did you know that your tension headache may be coming from your teeth and jaw?  Today, we discuss how your teeth can be… Read more »

Heart Disease and Oral Health

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 »

Replacing Mercury Fillings | Should my silver fillings be removed

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 »

Oral Health of Ancient Humans

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.

Diagnosing the tongue: A Window To Your Health?

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 »

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

Do you take vitamins for your 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… Read more »

Oral-systemic connection | How Oral Health Impacts Your Systemic Health

Oral-Systemic Connection

Your dentist has been well trained on the oral-systemic connection. Mouth microbes can enter the bloodstream and affect other areas of your body. 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… Read more »

Periodontal Disease | Gum Problems

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 »

Dental Crowns

What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a type of dental restoration. It is fabricated in the shape of the damaged tooth and is placed over it. Crowns are also referred to as caps because they literally “cap,” or cover, the tooth restoring it to its original shape, size, and strength. Depending on… 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 »

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Getting a New Smile

Have you been lazy about your dental care and after years you’re seeing the effects? Maybe you have suffered an illness, or been on medications that have played havoc on your teeth. Have you been in an accident that has affected your smile? You may be familiar with dental treatments such as veneers, dental implants,… Read more »

Father’s Day: Love Dad, Love His Gums

It has been estimated that 64 million Americans-almost half of the adults in the Unites States-are suffering from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is on the rise due to our aging population. It occurs more in mid to later life because it takes time to develop.  An interesting fact, according to one Ontario… Read more »

Allergy medications affect dental health

Allergy medications will affect dental health. Aeroallergens exist indoors and outdoors, and spring is ripe with pollen and allergy-inducing fungi. Airborne spores and other fungal microorganisms may originate in fields, forests, agricultural crops, flowers, or grass. Because they are light, sticky, and plentiful, they are easily transferred into homes, offices, and cars. Impossible to get… Read more »