Posts Categorized: Preventive Dentistry

Plaque – Tips to Slow Down Plaque Buildup

Dental hygiene visit to remove plaque

Dental plaque is the sticky, uncomfortable biofilm that forms around your gum line just hours after brushing your teeth. It’s the product of hundreds of types of oral bacteria gathering in your mouth, and when left unattended, it can quickly calcify into tartar. Tarter is insoluble and no amount of toothpaste and water can remove… 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 »

Things You Can Avoid Just By Attending Dental Checkups

If you’re careful about maintaining good dental health, then you may already be familiar with the importance of sticking to a schedule of dental checkup and cleaning appointments. For instance, routine professional care is needed to keep harmful plaque and tartar at bay, which prevents harmful oral bacteria from harming your teeth and gums. In… Read more »

Can I Avoid Teeth-Whitening by Preventing Teeth Stains?

The annoying thing about teeth stains is that they can’t be permanently prevented. Eventually, the surfaces of your teeth will begin to show signs of their use and exposure to foods and beverages in the form of staining. The good news is that you can inhibit stains from developing by keeping up with a consistent… Read more »

How To Avoid Cavities?

Cavities impact nearly all of us, as only between 1% and 2% of the populous are immune to dental caries. When one forms, we can provide a natural looking solution, such as a tooth-colored filling or a ceramic dental crown. However, you can learn how to avoid cavities. With the right steps you can reduce… Read more »

Want to Avoid Gum Disease? Take Care of Your Whole Smile

Want to Avoid Gum Disease? Take Care of Your Whole Smile

do you consciously do things to avoid gum disease? No one wants to discover that they’re suffering from advanced gum disease, which is called periodontitis. Untreated this chronic condition can lead to loss of teeth, and may even heighten risk of developing other health problems throughout the body, due to the gums’ connection to the… Read more »

Can Your Family Do More to Protect Your Teeth? Part Two

Can Your Family Do More to Protect Your Teeth? Part Two

Keeping one’s smile healthy is important for a number of reasons. Good oral health is essential to maintaining a beautiful smile. More importantly, it can help prevent discomfort and eventually pain, as well as the need for an extraction. A healthy smile is also important for maintaining proper nutrition, and avoiding complications that can be… Read more »

Does Your Smile Need Care As You Age?

Does Your Smile Need Care As You Age?

Now that you’ve celebrated several birthdays, are you wondering if you should actually be doing more to help protect your smile? Perhaps you are more concerned by obvious signs of aging, that are causing your smile to look older than you are, and certainly much older than you feel. Fortunately, restorative dental treatment like crowns,… Read more »

Want to Protect Your Gum Tissue? Periodontal Care Is Important

Want to Protect Your Gum Tissue? Periodontal Care Is Important

Teeth are often what people notice first, when they see your smile. They may even be what gets most of your attention, when it comes to oral care. Unfortunately, this could be why studies indicate that millions of Americans could be struggling with gum disease, many unknowingly. Gum disease is a chronic condition that will… Read more »

What Could Happen If I Never See the Dentist?

What Could Happen If I Never See the Dentist?

Ever wondered how important regular preventive appointments actually are? In other words, have you ever felt tempted to skip out on routine preventive visits with your general dentist? If so, there are many compelling reasons to reconsider. General dental appointments are key to maintaining a healthy smile, particularly as one ages. From cavities to gum… Read more »

Protect Your Oral Health With These Simple Tips: Part Two

Protect Your Oral Health With These Simple Tips: Part Two

As someone interested in keeping your smile healthy, you may have already taken several steps to help prevent dental cavities and other oral health threats. But, do you still wonder if there is more you could be doing to keep your smile healthy? While daily hygiene is a good start to keeping the smile healthy,… Read more »

Are You Late for a Very Important Date with Your Dentist?

Are You Late for a Preventive Care visit?

Are you having a hard time remembering the last time you visited your preventive dentist? If a different president was in office, or stamps cost less than they do now, chances are you are already overdue for your next dental appointment. That’s because regular checkups and cleanings are one of the best ways to protect… Read more »

Can You Do More to Prevent Cavities? Part One

Can You Do More to Prevent Cavities? Part One

Did you struggle with several dental problems last year that required restorative dentistry to address? For instance, were you diagnosed with several cavities that required dental fillings? Cavities are incredibly common, both for children and adults. Fortunately, they are preventable. Through a mix of healthy habits and routine professional care, you really can protect your teeth from… Read more »

Is Your Smile Overdue for Dental Care?

Is Your Smile Overdue for Dental Care?

Do you want to prevent ongoing oral health threats, the kind that could leave you suffering from discomfort and even downright pain? Want to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come? If so, regular dental care is absolutely essential. Cleanings help to remove tartar buildup, which could otherwise cause cavities. Seeking restorative… Read more »

How Much Do You Really Know About Dental Care?

How Much Do You Know About Dental Care?

Ever wondered how much you really know about how to best care for your smile? Have questions you’ve been too embarrassed to ask your dentist? Taking time to better understand what preventive dental care really requires, and then following through on your dentist’s advice, is a great way to help protect your smile from common… Read more »

Does Your Smile Need Dental Treatment?

Is It Time for Dental Treatment?

When was the last time you visited the dentist for a cleaning? Was your only phone attached to a wall? Were postage stamps still being sold for less than a quarter? Many adults postpone regular preventive visits, either because of anxiety about seeing the dentist, or simply because their smiles seem “healthy enough”. Sadly, over… Read more »

What Questions Do You Have About Dental Care? Part Two

Got Questions? Your Dentist Can Help

Ever wondered why your breath smells bad just a few minutes after your brush your teeth? Are you feeling tempted to skip your next dental appointment, because you don’t see how a cleaning could really be necessary when your smile already looks so healthy? There are a lot of questions people have about preventive dental… Read more »

What Questions Do You Have About Dental Care? Part One

Got Questions? Your Dentist Can Help

Do you have a lot of pressing questions about how to best care for your smile? Does your computer or “smart phone” keep giving you a bunch of clashing answers or even advertisements for the latest whitening toothpaste or mouthwash? Your preventive dentist is actually one of your greatest sources of wisdom, when it comes… Read more »

Dry Mouth Syndrome

Dry Mouth Syndrome

Have you been suffering from dry mouth recently? Do you frequently find yourself struggling with bad breath? Tooth discomfort and bleeding gums are easily recognized as symptoms of dental problems like cavities and gum disease. But did you know that there are many other warning signs that could be telling you that your smile is… Read more »

Can You Help Prevent Cavities with Simple Steps?

Can You Better Prevent Cavities?

Are you worried about the health of your smile? In particular, are you concerned about the possibility of developing cavities? Nearly 90 percent of adults develop cavities, and many school-aged children deal with them, as well. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent cavities. It just requires a combination of diligent hygiene and professional preventive care,… Read more »

Are You Overdue for Preventive Dental Care?

Overdue for Dental care?

When was the last time you visited your general practitioner, in other words, your family doctor? Many insurance companies now require annual physicals, to help ensure their patients are healthy, but also so that the patients will be properly informed about any potential health risks they might be facing. Unfortunately, not all patients receive the… Read more »

Toothbrush care

Toothbrush care

For the most part, common dental issues can be prevented with proper, consistent use of your toothbrush. Yet, the state of your toothbrush can determine how effective it is at cleaning and protecting your teeth. Learn proper toothbrush care. If you don’t care for it well, your toothbrush may cause more harm than good to… Read more »

When’s the Best Time to Schedule a Dental Checkup?

Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is fairly easy, and it’s important to the continued good health of your teeth and gums. However, the simple act at home is not enough to maintain your healthy smile in the long-run. All patients, regardless of age, should attend regular checkup and cleaning appointments, usually… Read more »

Ways to Enjoy an Even Healthier Smile: Part One

Healthy Smile Tips from Your Preventive Dentist

Do you want to avoid the dental problems you experienced last year? Are you interested in maintaining a beautiful smile, now that you have finally had your braces removed, or competed professional teeth whitening? Whatever your most pressing reason for striving to take care of your smile, this year, the answer is the same: preventive dental… Read more »

Keep Your Teeth Looking Great Through Preventive Care

Oral Health and Your Overall Wellbeing

Want to maintain a beautiful smile this year? Every great-looking smile starts with good oral health. And fortunately, developing a healthy smile does not involve a complicated process. It just requires maintaining a great dental hygiene routine, combined with regular checkups and cleanings at a general or preventive dentist. If you’re already brushing and flossing… Read more »

Preventing Plaque Is Key to Keeping Your Smile Shining

Preventing Plaque for Pearly White Teeth

From preventing unsightly yellow marks from appearing on the teeth, to avoiding dental problems like cavities and gum disease, there are almost countless reasons to try to avoid plaque buildup. But many people don’t realize some of the simplest preventive steps they can take to keeping their teeth and gums healthy and plaque-free. If you… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Lake Forest Dentist Restores Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

  Do you suffer from tooth loss? According to a recent study conducted by the American Association or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults over the age of 35 are missing at least one permanent tooth. As we age, the rate of tooth loss often increases. The study went on to reveal that by… Read more »

Top-Rated, Everyday Dental Products

Imagine this: you’re in the teeth cleaning aisle of the local drugstore trying to pick out a few items. Toothbrushes, toothpastes, floss, and mouthwashes bombard your vision. Which to choose​,is the question, yet the correct answer doesn’t come to mind. To help his patients avoid situations, such as the one described above, Dr. James Fondriest… Read more »

Exercise Keeps Teeth Healthy

Almost every physician shares two bits of advice with their patients: eat healthier and exercise more. Yet, were you aware that following this advice not only keeps your body healthy, it helps your teeth stay in top-notch shape, too. Today, Dr. James Fondriest shares the health benefits of exercise, which applies to your smile and body… Read more »

Lake Forest, IL Dentist: Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious oral illness that tends to become aggressive rather quickly, which is why the proper treatment must begin as soon as the first indicators of gum disease surface. If not, the consequences can wreak havoc upon your overall and oral health. Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest, IL dentist explains the… Read more »

Some Misconceptions about Dentistry

The average person has some misconceptions about dentistry and oftentimes those misconceptions tend to lead to few and sparse dental visits. However, at Lake Forest Dental Arts, we like to keep our patients informed about dental work. In today’s fun and informative blog post, Dr. James Fondriest reveals some truths about dentistry. Learn the Real Truth… Read more »

Kildeer, IL Dentist Discusses Allergies to Dental Medications

Allergies to different types of medicine is quite common amongst the medical field. To teach his patients about the differing types of dental allergies, Dr. James Fondriest  shares the following information. Commonly Seen Allergies to Dental Medications Penicillin. Some form of penicillin appears in a number of antibiotic medications and allergic reactions range from very… Read more »

Restore Smiles with Dental Veneers

  Our tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. But unfortunately, our teeth are still vulnerable to damage and discoloration. While teeth are meant to withstand a lifetime of wear and tear, your smile can still lose its youthful luster. Many people assume restoring their smiles will require multiple office visits and… Read more »

Best Porcelain Crowns Chicago

  Did you know a recent Kelton Research study revealed that people with beautiful, bright smiles are considered more attractive and successful? It’s true. A gorgeous smile can boost confidence. Often, our teeth become damaged due to tooth decay or injury. When this happens, people can become self-conscious regarding the imperfections in their smile. Thankfully,… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains the Importance of Roots and Cementum

  While a bright smile can boost our confidence, we shouldn’t forget to pay attention to what’s happening to our teeth below the gum line. The roots and cementum of our teeth help keep our smile healthy and beautiful. Dr. James Fondriest, explains the importance of our less visible tooth structure.

Protect Your Gums

When people consider cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, they rarely consider their gums. While Americans spend over 1.4 billion dollars a year on teeth whitening systems, over 75% of the country has some sort of gum problem and 47% of adults have gum disease. In today’s blog, Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest,… Read more »

The Secret Life of Dental Fluoride

In the world of dentistry, dental fluoride has been the best thing since sliced bread. We use fluoride in tooth strengthening supplements, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and possibly every dental hygiene product imaginable. In this blog, Dr. James Fondriest, will explain why we think fluoride is so great and divulge some interesting information about this element. Why Dental… Read more »

Tooth Enamel Facts

The topmost layer of the tooth, enamel is the hard substance which covers the soft layer of dentin. A strong layer of enamel will help you prevent tooth decay and sensitivity. Get to know the part of your tooth which protects your smile from cavities with some interesting facts from Dr. Fondriest. Sharks have tooth… Read more »

Common Oral Hygiene Mistakes Explained by Chicago Dentist

Daily oral hygiene habits are essential to warding off cavities, preventing gum disease, and eliminating bad breath. While most brushing and flossing instructions may seem elementary, as we grow older, we develop bad habits and sometimes forget the fundamentals of keeping our mouth clean and healthy. Dr. Fondriest offers some advice for eradicating bad dental… Read more »

Why are dental x-rays important?

X-rays are part of most routine dental exams, but many patients cringes at the thought of exposing themselves to radiation. Dental x-rays are an important tool your dentist uses to help you maintain quality oral health, and most dentists and other medical professionals consider x-rays a crucial component of patient care. To determine if radiation… Read more »

Chicago: Don’t Let Your Teeth Reveal Your Age! (Part 2)

Do you look older than you feel? If you’ve tried anti-aging products but something is still missing, you might need to look at your teeth. Changes in your body when you age can affect your teeth, as can the accumulation of daily wear. Dr. James Fondriest, a cosmetic dentist serving Chicago’s North Shore, can help you keep… Read more »