Posts Tagged: chicago dentist

The Human Touch

A gentle human touch

It’s amazing just how far the field of dentistry has evolved thanks to modern day technology and science. For dental professionals today, it’s not enough to just keep your patients’ teeth clean. Continuing education courses and countless hours and dollars are constantly being spent to ensure that patients receive the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and high-quality… Read more »

All About Dental Cleanings

dental cleanings

Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day are certainly important steps to keeping your smile beautiful, but it’s also important to schedule professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months. Our Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest wants you to know the benefits of regular cleanings and examinations and how they… Read more »

Are veneers worth it?

Are veneers worth it?

So you want a completely new looking smile but you don’t know how you’ll possibly ever accomplish this feat without years and years of cosmetic dental work? Porcelain veneers are often called “instant orthodontics” because the cosmetic results are similar to those offered through orthodontic treatments. Unlike metal braces or Invisalign, veneers can reshape your smile… Read more »

Dental Bridgework

Dental bridgework

Tooth loss is one of the most destructive issues that can affect your smile. In some cases, it’s the worst-case scenario for aggressive dental disease, while at other times, teeth are lost to accidental damage that can’t exactly be prevented. Although tooth loss is common, it isn’t natural; with every tooth lost, your mouth’s ability… Read more »

TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ Dysfunction

Problems with your bite can cause great discomfort. Allowing those issues to linger and not addressing them in a timely fashion, can lead to additional disruptions to your health. Millions suffer from TMJ Dysfunction (temporomandibular disorder). So, for the help you need with your TMJ issues, Dr. James Fondriest of Lake Forest Dental Arts in… Read more »

When was the toothbrush invented? History of the Toothbrush

history of the toothbrush

Do you know when was the toothbrush invented? Did you know that teeth cleaning apparatuses have been around for thousands of years? When you compare our modern toothbrush to the crude oral hygiene tools of past civilizations, we bet you will develop a new-found appreciation for your toothbrush. Toothbrushes come in a variety of colors,… Read more »

Posture and TMJ Disorder: Improve Your Posture to Relieve Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

woman demonstrating good vs bad posture

If your mother drove you crazy with constant demands to “sit up straight”…you should thank her. Whether Mom knew the full effect of posture or not, the truth is, bad posture can be bad for your physical and mental health. Turns out, having a straight spine and correct alignment body can even help relieve symptoms… Read more »

Dental Plaque

digital illustration of dental plaque

Most dental patients only talk about the topic of dental plaque with their dentists. What they might not realize is that dental plaque has positive qualities, as well as downsides. If you have never considered the role that dental plaque plays in keeping teeth healthy, read on to discover some interesting facts that most individuals… Read more »

Relief from TMJ

Relief from TMJ

Are you looking for relief from your TMJs? Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull, and they are the most used joints in your entire body. To operate properly with minimal impact on your teeth and jaw, your smile should be evenly balanced. This allows your… Read more »

Can Green Tea Improve Your Oral Health?

Over the past few years, research has emerged touting the many health benefits of green tea. According to numerous studies, the soothing, warm elixir can lower your risk for a range of systemic diseases, including cardiovascular disorders and diabetes. Additionally, many health and beauty experts claim that green tea helps treat acne and calm puffy… Read more »

Chicago Dentist: Learn More About Dental Bridges with Today’s Quiz

Losing a tooth can affect more than just your appearance. In fact, even a single missing tooth can start a chain of events that leads to diminished oral health and an increased risk of further tooth loss. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we can replace one or more missing teeth using a dental bridge. In… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Answers FAQs About Veneers

Are you satisfied with the appearance of your smile? Recently, the American Association of Orthodontists commissioned a study conducted by Wakefield Research. The results were surprising: Over a third of American adults are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. Teeth stains, dental damage, and misalignment are all common dental issues that can hinder the… Read more »

Chicago Dentist: Try Our Dental Repair Quiz

  Did you know that our tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body? Our teeth are meant to withstand bite force, bacteria, and trauma. Unfortunately, our teeth can still become cracked or chipped. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we can repair and restore a damaged tooth. In today’s blog, your Chicago Cosmetic… Read more »

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for Me?

Cosmetic Dentistry

Is cosmetic dentistry the best way to go for me? The cosmetic dentistry journey is one that begins and ends in the mirror. For most patients, the journey starts when they look at their reflection and feel unhappy or dissatisfied with the general appearance of their smile. That same journey often ends when their dentist… Read more »

Top 5 Surprising Benefits of Dental Implants

Within the last 20 years, dental implants have become the tooth replacement option of choice among dentists and patients. Comprised of small, screw-like devices that an oral surgeon literally implants into your jaw, dental implants are made from biocompatible titanium and enjoy a very high success rate. While you may have read about the extra… Read more »

Implant Secured Bridgework Offers an Innovative Tooth Replacement Option

While some people blame the economic downturn and others blame the high sugar content in our diet, both sides agree that modern times aren’t great for American smiles. Indeed, approximately 178 million American adults are missing one or more teeth and the top three culprits are gum disease, tooth decay, and accidental loss during contact… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Discusses Diagnosing TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ refers to the tempromandibular joints that lay in either side of your face, where the jaw connects to the skull. Nestled within the joint is a cartilage disc that allows for full articulation of the jaw. Healthy TMJ function lets you to open and close your jaw with a smooth gliding motion. Any disruption… Read more »

In Flight Toothaches

Have you ever heard of a condition called barodontalgia? No, it’s not some exotic location in Europe, but you do have to fly in an airplane to experience it. Unfortunately, unlike a vacation, you probably don’t want barodontalgia. In laymen’s terms, this condition is simply a high-altitude toothache. Similar to a scuba diver experiencing decompression… Read more »

Broken teeth

Do  you have broken teeth? Has your smile’s brightness gradually dimmed over the years? Are your chipped or discolored teeth embarrassing you? Do you have deep smile lines that make you frown? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you could benefit from a smile makeover. What do you do when you… Read more »

Link between gum disease and cancer

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is an inflammatory illness that can lead to more than tooth loss. Researchers have established a connection between gum disease and an increased risk of cardiovascular disorders, as well as uncontrolled blood sugar. In a more disturbing development, a recent study has revealed a connection between advanced gum disease (periodontitis) and… Read more »

Americans Score Low for Dental Health Knowledge

According to the American Dental Association, the United States needs some education on the facts about oral health. The association’s new Web site, mouthHealthy.org, features the results of a national survey that recently gave the average American a “D” on the fundamentals of oral health. The survey offered a range of true or false questions… Read more »

Fuel Your Oral Health

Olympic champion Michael Phelps eats between six and ten pounds of food each day to fuel his body for grueling training sessions. His 10,000 to 12,000 calorie diet includes pancakes, eggs, French toast, cheese, pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. While it’s almost certain you don’t need to eat like a 2012 Olympian, there are several foods… Read more »

Energy drinks damage teeth

Some of the most popular products available today are energy drinks. These energy drinks damage teeth. It comes as no surprise that Americans love the stuff. Between 30 and 50% of teens alone consume them. Contents of these drinks promise long-lasting energy boosts through caffeine, sugar, and herbal ingredients. The effectiveness and safety of these… Read more »

Advantages of No-prep Veneers

Eighty percent of people aren’t happy with their smiles. If you fall into this category, you might benefit from no-prep veneers. This elective cosmetic treatment basically allows you to resurface your smile with tooth-colored restorative materials. Today, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest discusses the advantages of no-prep veneers. What are No-prep Veneers? For years,… Read more »

The Wear and Tear of Bruxism

Do you have the wear and tear of bruxism? Teeth grinding, known clinically as bruxism, is the repeated clenching of the jaw, sometimes causing tooth damage that can ultimately require restorative work. If you already have restorations, you might wonder if your bruxism will damage your new beautiful smile. Today, cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest… Read more »

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Raises Awareness for Osteoporosis

Did you know that June is National Osteoporosis Awareness month? In fact, about 25% of women in the United States will experience bone loss (osteoporosis) at some point in the lifetime—typically during or after menopause. Osteoporosis can lead to an increased risk for bone fracture. Many of our patients are surprised to learn that osteoporosis… Read more »

Brief History of Cosmetic Dentistry

Our earliest ancestors must have realized the importance of oral hygiene. As early as 3,000 BC, people were cleaning their teeth with nothing more than sticks. Since then, cosmetic dentistry has taken great leaps forward. Today, Dr. James Fondriest provides state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry procedures to perfect the smiles of his Chicago patients. To the Lake… Read more »

Celebrities with Cosmetic Dental Work

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that cosmetic dentists rank Natalie Portman’s smile as the best in Hollywood, followed by James Franco’s and Nicole Kidman’s. Annette Bening, Colin Firth, and Christian Bale came next. The dentists also reported on the most kissable mouths on the silver screen. For the females, Angelina Jolie came in… Read more »

Anti-inflammatory Herbs for Gums | Herbal Remedies for Your Teeth

Teeth Cleaning with Herbs Have you considered anti-inflammatory herbs for your gums? Natural remedies come  from several cultures around the world as a preliminary toothbrush: chewing sticks. In India, the neem tree, or “Nature’s Pharmacy”, offered antibacterial properties that prevent plaque and clean teeth with the bristles of a frayed twig. In the early Americas,… Read more »

Hidden Sugar in the Foods You Eat

Why are we getting cavities? Spring is a minefield of sweets and candy. With Valentine’s Day, Easter, cotton candy at the carnivals, and that long awaited day when snow cone stands reopen for business, you may find yourself overindulging in springtime treats. Sugar is often cited as the worst offender for your dental health and… Read more »

Dentures vs. Dental Implants in Chicago

There are many reasons for tooth loss. Gum disease is the most common cause for missing teeth in adulthood. Whether you have lost your teeth to injury, infection, extraction, or any other number of reasons, you understand the discomfort that comes with eating and speaking. Some patients are embarrassed to show their smile because of… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Explains Tooth Discoloration

Do you have tooth discoloration? Does your smile appear dull or discolored? Did you know that stains and discoloration can involve both the external parts of your teeth and internal tooth structures? Understanding the cause of tooth discoloration is an important part of assessing your oral health and improving the appearance of your smile. Some… Read more »

Enhance My Smile

Have you ever asked yourself the question,  “would it be worth it to enhance my smile”? We offer artistic restorations and cosmetic enhancements to patients in the Chicago area. One of our most popular cosmetic services involves bonding porcelain veneers. This cosmetic procedure addresses many smile imperfections by carefully placing cosmetic enhancements over the front… Read more »

Gum Disease Myths Dispelled

Gum disease is common. Recent findings show up to 80% of the population in the United States has gum disease. Despite the fact that gum disease is very common, many patients lack awareness and information on the disease. Early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) are reversible with regular dental cleanings and thorough oral hygiene. If… Read more »

How TMJ Affects Your Dental Health

In past blogs, we discussed TMJ dysfunction and TMJ disorder symptoms. TMJ disorder is a common condition that varies in severity from patient to patient. The most noticeable TMJ symptoms produce discomfort and pain in the face, neck, jawbones, and the ears. However, teeth grinding (bruxism) is often interrelated with TMJ dysfunction. Bruxism is best… Read more »

Dental Cavity Facts from Your Chicago Dentist

Dental cavities are a common dental ailment. Despite the prevalence of cavities, tooth decay is a serious condition. Tooth decay must be addressed by dental treatment. Over time, cavities will become larger and may infect the sensitive interior structures of teeth. Dr. James Fondriest addresses cavities with white restorations that help prevent further dental damage… Read more »

Bad Dental Habits You Should Avoid

Are you harming your teeth? Surprisingly, many of our patients are unaware that many habits are detrimental to their oral health. For patients who have recently had restorative or cosmetic dental work, these bad dental habits may affect the appearance and function of their smiles. Dr. James Fondriest wants his patients to preserve their smiles… Read more »

Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays Explained by Your Chicago Dentist

Experienced with enhancing smiles, Dr. James Fondriest utilizes crowns, inlays, and onlays in restorative dentistry. Crowns, inlays, and onlays are restorative methods that save decayed and worn-down teeth from extraction while also restoring the function of damaged teeth. When possible, our team at Lake Forest Dental Arts strives to restore smiles with conservative approaches. The… Read more »

“Is There a Connection Between Heart Disease and Oral Health?”

The American Dental Association recognizes an association between periodontal disease and other illnesses such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.  Since February is designated as heart health awareness month, our staff at Lake Forest Dental Arts would like to inform our readers about the link between heart disease and oral health. How Oral Health Can… Read more »

Mouth Reconstruction Services in Chicago

Full-Mouth Reconstruction

Have you ever heard of the terms full mouth reconstruction, mouth restoration, and mouth rehabilitation? These terms essentially mean the same thing: a smile makeover. Reconstruction of the mouth and/or teeth includes an array of procedures that create a uniform smile, restore proper jaw alignment, and improve overall oral health.  Although a mouth restoration can… Read more »

Jaw pain while yawning

Do you have jaw pain while yawning? About 15% of Americans suffer from severe facial pain? Our team has found that over half of our patients exhibit symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ dysfunction disrupts the natural and harmonious movement of the facial bones, muscles, and ligaments. Dr. James Fondriest holds extensive experience with… Read more »

Sports Drinks Are Dangerous

Did you know that sports drinks are dangerous? Dr. James Fondriest encourages his patients to live an active lifestyle with plenty of cardiovascular exercise. Many of us are concerned about staying hydrated throughout the day and sports drinks are a common choice for maintaining a healthy level of hydration. Although beneficial ingredients in sports drinks like… Read more »

“Why Does My Dentist Recommend Fluoride?”

Dr. James Fondriest and our staff recommend that our patients use fluoride in their daily health regimens. Fluoride is found in many types of toothpaste and provides numerous benefits to dental health. What is Fluoride? A mineral on the periodic table, fluoride naturally occurs in food and water.  For example, underground water sources often naturally… Read more »

Quotes to Put a Smile on Your Face

What do people say about your smile? Smiling is an important aspect to improve many parts of your life. Dr. Fondriest hopes these quotes will put a smile on your face and help you understand the importance of grinning. Your Appearance “People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.” –Lee Mildon “A… Read more »

Should You Get a Second Opinion?

It’s important that you understand exactly what dental treatment you’re receiving and why it’s necessary. If the condition of your mouth confuses you, or your dentist confuses you, then Dr. Fondriest recommends seeking a second opinion to clear things up. Why Should I Get a Second Opinion? All dentists have different backgrounds, training, and perspectives on… Read more »

Which Tooth Replacement Method is Best?

Is your smile missing something? Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. When you lose a tooth, surrounding teeth can drift into the open space, creating alignment issues and difficulties chewing and functioning. Fortunately, Dr. Fondriest offers many different types of tooth replacement options to help fill in your smile. Dental Implants… Read more »

Honoring Your Dentist

Your smile needs to receive the best dental care available to stay healthy and beautiful. Education, experience, and technique are some of the main qualities people look for when searching for a new dentist. Dr. James Fondriest has numerous awards, honors, and recognitions that make him favorable to so many patients. Honorary Organizations Dr. Fondriest… Read more »

Reduce Your Risk for Heart Attack

It has been theorized since the 1920’s that heart disease and gum disease 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 »

Toothbrush choices

“Best” is in the eye of the beholder. The best toothbrush is the one that meets your specific needs. Toothbrush choices can be a sensitive subject as we all have our preferences but which ones really are the best for you? Ask yourself these questions next time you buy a new toothbrush. In the past,… Read more »

Patient Testimonial: TMJ treatment

“After 3 years of chronic TMJ pain, various treatments (such as biofeedback, physical therapy, and massage therapy), and countless doctors, I started to just accept that my headache and neck ache pain was always going to be a part of me. However, like all good stories, just when I had accepted my fate, my story… Read more »

Oral Health Hazards of Smoking

Oral health is definitely affected by smoking. You’ve probably heard about the link between tobacco and heart disease, stroke, and cancer, but do you know what smoking does to your teeth? Let’s examine the most common oral health problems associated with smoking. Social Factors Bad breath: The bacteria in your mouth mix with the tobacco… Read more »

Gum Disease and Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so Dr. Fondriest and our team want you to know the warning signs, as provide by the American Diabetes Association. Gum disease is a contributor to diabetes. If you experience these symptoms, visit your personal physician for a blood glucose test. Frequent urination Unusual thirst Extreme hunger Unusual weight loss… Read more »

Why are dental x-rays important?

Dental X-rays give insight into some of the most elusive dental health issues to the naked eye. Using digital radiography can not only diagnose problems, but also develop treatment plans. Dental radiography is an irreplaceable diagnostic tool. Dental x-rays show issues like tooth decay, misalignment, soft tissue damage, and periodontal disease that escape visual detection. Children generally… Read more »

Eating whole grains can reduce risk for inflammatory diseases, including gum disease

In celebration of Whole Grains Month… what’s that? You didn’t know that it’s Whole Grains Month?! Well it is! In celebration of Whole Grains Month, Dr. Fondriest wants you to know, eating whole grains can reduce your risk for inflammatory diseases, including gum disease, as well as tooth loss, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes,… Read more »

What is Dental Plaque?

You’re probably aware that dental plaque is the sticky, yellow substance that forms naturally on teeth. We brush our teeth to remove plaque so that it doesn’t cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Un-removed plaque calcifies into a hard substance called calculus or tartar. At dental cleanings, a hygienist removes plaque that we miss… Read more »

Breaking Down: Your Chicago Dentist Repairs Dental Damage

We all remember how the terror of a loose tooth was offset by the subsequent visit from the Tooth Fairy. However, we only get one set of adult permanent teeth, and losing one is hardly a cause for celebration. Proper oral hygiene is the most important part of caring for your teeth, but minimizing and… Read more »

Interdental Brushing | Using a Proxy Brush

Do you skip flossing, or is it difficult because of dexterity issues, spacing between your teeth, or dental work? If you hate flossing, or find that it isn’t effective, you’re not alone. Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago dentist, recommends interdental brushing (also called using a proxy brush) as a fantastic, and often better, alternative to flossing…. Read more »

How To Achieve Whiter Teeth

If you want whiter teeth, you might be overwhelmed by the number of professional and over-the-counter products available. How do you choose the right one? You can start by eliminating over-the-counter products from your list, because they do not yield results that are as permanent or striking as professional whitening. As for the right professional… Read more »

Flossing Tips from Your Chicago Dentist

Does flossing daily seem like a tedious, unnecessary task? Do you rarely or never floss? Perhaps you should understand how important flossing is. Brushing alone cannot remove all of the food debris and plaque that hides between your teeth. When you don’t floss, you put yourself at risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth… Read more »