Posts Tagged: Chicago dental cleaning

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 »

Dental Anatomy Explained by Your Chicago Restorative Dentist

How much do you know about the structure of your teeth and their functions? Your teeth are shaped and sized differently because each type of tooth serves different purposes when it comes to chewing and grinding food. If you’ve ever wondered about the anatomy of your teeth, our team at Dr. James Fondriest ‘s office have… Read more »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Honors Famous Dentists in History

Like other forms of medicine, dentistry has had a long, interesting history that dates back to ancient civilizations. For example, ancient Sumerians chewed on tree twigs to clean their teeth and ancient Egyptians used ground pumice and vinegar as dentifrice. Thankfully, brilliant minds in the past have contributed to what modern dentistry has become today…. Read more »

Why Women Struggle More with Gum Disease than Men

Research from the Journal of Periodontology suggests women are more likely to floss, visit the dentist regularly, and even have cosmetic dental procedures while being less likely to smoke and drink excessive alcohol than men. Although women have historically been better caretakers of their teeth, females are more susceptible to gum disease than males for… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Explains How to Protect Your Enamel against Acidic Drinks

Sports Drinks Linked to Enamel Erosion In our last dental blog on sports drinks, we learned that sports drinks are not as healthy as you might think. In fact, sports drinks have a deadly combination of sugar and acidity that can wreak havoc on your tooth enamel. Weakened enamel creates an environment for cavities, tooth… Read more »

Bacteria in Your Mouth: Your Oral Ecosystem

Scientist Discover More About Bacterial Behaviors The word “bacteria” has gained many negative connotations. Our germ-phobic culture creates products that claim to disinfect 99.9% of bacteria; antibacterial gel dispensers reside on bank teller desks, classroom walls, and grocery store registers everywhere. But did you know that not all bacteria is negative, especially in your mouth?… Read more »

Geographic Tongue and Other Conditions by Dr. Fondriest

What is geographic tongue? This oral health condition reflects its name by showing map-like lesions on the tongue. Tastebuds create “island-shaped” red sores where papillae are missing. While some people experience discomfort with geographical tongue, it has not been linked to any serious health conditions. The exact cause of geographic tongue is still unknown but… Read more »

Quiz: Test Your Dental Knowledge

Dental Health Questions How much do you know about your dental health? Chicago cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest wants his patients to know some basic information about preventive dental hygiene, cosmetic dentistry services, and restorative dental work. You can quiz yourself with the following seven questions and check your answers by clicking “Continue Reading”. Q… Read more »

Why Biting Your Nails is Bad for Your Health

More Than Just a Nervous Habit Almost everyone has a nervous habit. Some people continually adjust their clothing, some women twirl their hair, and others bite their nails. While some nervous habits are harmless, some habits, like the latter can be detrimental to your health. Nail Biting Spreads Bacteria If you remember your mother telling… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Describes How Chocolate Benefits Teeth

Today is National Truffle Day, a day to celebrate the sweet confection invented in France in 1895. While we caution against the sugar and fat contents of truffles, new research points to evidence of dental health benefits from chocolate. You read correctly; chocolate can be good for your teeth. Chicago dentist, Dr. Fondriest explains some… Read more »

Treat Gum Disease to Prevent Tooth Loss

Gum Disease Treatment in Chicago One of the worst things you can do for your oral health is ignoring the signs of gum disease. Leaving gingivitis untreated can lead to periodontitis. The advanced stages of gum disease include gingival recession, extreme tooth sensitivity, and possible tooth loss. While gum disease is not curable, the progression of… Read more »

Foods that Improve Your Oral Health

Strawberries Can Help Whiten Teeth Unlike most colorful berries,  such as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, that stain your teeth, strawberries can actually whiten your teeth. Malic acid, an organic compound found in strawberries, works to lightly remove stains and whiten teeth. Malic acid in excess can cause foods to become extremely tart and irritate the… Read more »

Common Causes of Bad Breath

Poor Dental Habits Cause Halitosis What are the causes of bad breath? Flossing and brushing your teeth daily will prevent food particles from becoming lodged between teeth and gums. Without complete oral hygiene, the food debris left behind will start to attract bacteria and decompose in your mouth, creating a foul odor. Additionally, scraping your… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Mouthwashes

Not All Mouth rinses Are the Same Generally, there are two types of mouthwashes: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwashes can temporarily cover bad breath with a pleasant taste. These rinses do not contain the ingredients which fight bacteria; therefore, the source of bad breath is untouched. Additionally, cosmetic rinses do not treat plaque, reduce the… Read more »

A Short History of Toothpaste from Your Lake Forest Dentist

The modern consumer now has the option of hundreds of flavors, colors, brands, textures, sizes, and health claims of contemporary toothpastes. Just like most hygiene products, the history of toothpaste had its dark days. Here is brief history of the evolution of toothpaste into the booming industry it has become today. The earliest forms of… Read more »

What Is In Your Toothpaste?

After staring at the toothpaste aisle in your grocery store for several minutes still undecided about your choice of toothpaste, consider this: while not all toothpastes are created equal, they almost all have the same basic ingredients. Chicago cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest wants you to get to know more about the sticky paste you… 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 »