Posts Categorized: Patient Education

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

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 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?

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?

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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

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 »

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 »