Posts Tagged: dental checkup chicago

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 »

One More Reason to Quit Smoking: Root Canals

Public service announcements and other campaigns barrage smokers with information, pleading for a change of heart. Perhaps you know that smoking increases your risk of oral cancer, gum disease, and cavities. Elizabeth Krall Kayle, professor of the department of health at Boston University’s Goldman School of Medicine, authored a study that might give smokers one… 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 »

Geographical Tongue and Other Conditions by Dr. Fondriest

What is geographical 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 geographical 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 »

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 »

Common Causes of Bad Breath Explained by Chicago Dentist

Poor Dental Habits Cause Halitosis 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 tongue is vital to removing the bacteria… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Mouthwashes

Not All Mouthrinses 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 severity… 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 »

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 »

What is a dental x-ray?

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 »