Posts Tagged: oral hygiene chicago

The History of the Toothbrush

toothbrush and toothpaste on plain white surface

Toothbrushes come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. From manual toothbrushes, to electric ones, the toothbrush is the tool we use for daily brushing, ensuring stellar oral hygiene. But, have you ever wondered how the toothbrush came to be? Dr. James Fondriest, founder of Lake Forest Dental Arts, explores the rich history of… Read more »

Straight Smiles are Not Just for Aesthetics

Most people associate a straightened smile with a cosmetic enhancement. While nicely aligned teeth improve your image, correct bite alignment is better for your smile in more ways than one. Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest is here to explain how evenly spaced teeth allow for better oral hygiene than crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth…. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »