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What Are Essential Oils?

Essential_OilsEssential oils are time-tested treasures gaining new popularity among fans everywhere. These potent liquids are fun and fresh ingredients that you can customize for almost any oral hygiene need.

As with any DIY dental treatment, do your research and be cautious. Not all oils are safe to ingest and some may hurt you if applied directly onto your skin.

Essential oils are distilled from plants and usually sold singularly—one ingredient per bottle although you can also find oil blend products. Like other supplements, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate their safety or efficacy.

Using Essential Oils for Oral Health

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What is Dental Botox®?

Dental_BotoxAs specialists in facial anatomy and esthetics, an increasing number of dentists are taking their skills into the world of Botox®. Often associated just with appearances, Botox® can be equally as therapeutic as cosmetic.

Botox® is a purified protein that irons out wrinkles by attaching to a muscle and preventing it from contracting. (Muscle contracting away from skin is what causes wrinkles). This has thus far been its most popular use in cosmetic facial treatments.

What most patients don’t know is this same function can relax other muscles in the jaw and face for pain relief or support of orthodontics.

Botox® is applied via injection; Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental Services, Dental Technology

Is Holistic Dentistry Right for Me?

Holistic (1)Currently a hot topic of debate among dental and health professionals, holistic dentistry has gained popularity in recent years, alongside the movement toward naturopathic medicine. Dr. Ryan Yakowicz at Neighborhood Smiles wants Belleville residents to understand the differences between the two approaches to dentistry, in order to make the most informed decision when choosing a dental health professional.

What is Holistic Dentistry?

Holistic dentistry is an approach to dental care that focuses on promoting overall health and wellness, rather than the treatment of specific disease. This practice places dental problems in the context of health issues elsewhere in the body, analyzing the patient’s entire physical, emotional, and even spiritual health. Holistic dentistry is heavily focused on Read more ›

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The Story of Caries Prevention

CariesIf we told you that your mouth is the site of a constant battle between teeth and bacteria, would you believe us? Alright, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but the fact that Belleville teeth are always at risk of developing dental caries is no exaggeration. In case you’ve never heard about caries, Dr. Ryan Yakowicz is going to take this opportunity to shed some light on what it is, how to stop it, and what Neighborhood Smiles can do to help.

Dental Caries, Tooth Decay, and Cavities

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Soft Food Recipes – What to Eat After Dental Work

Soft_Food_Recipes (1)You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all of that effort has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done?

For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist as kids, or attempting to say such bouncy words as “baby” with a numb jaw. However—depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work. And milkshakes will only get you so far in recovery, anyway.

Many foods can be troublesome after dental surgery or extensive dental work. Ask Dr. Ryan Yakowicz for his recommendation about specific foods and for how long you should avoid them. Neighborhood Smiles in Belleville can be an especially helpful resource for patients navigating what to eat after dental restoration services.

Here’s an idea; if you probably can’t eat those potato chips anyway, consider your dental recovery days a chance to make healthier choices.

Soft food ideas to treat your mouth and your body well:

Breakfast

For a warm breakfast, oatmeal topped with tiny pieces of cooked apple and cinnamon will be delightful enough to make you forget that you’re on a post-dental work diet. Scrambled eggs with cheese are a safe and satisfying option for the savory lovers.

Lunch

Lunchtime may be hard to navigate if you’re leaving out crunchy, chewy food. Try a healthy soup with small, well-cooked ingredients like sweet potato and lentil stew. You can make bread easier to eat by dipping it in the broth.

Snacking

Smoothies are always good for the sweet tooth snacker. Just be sure to avoid fruits with seeds. Add sugar-free yogurt for protein and healthy calories.

Dinner

If you are a meat-and-potatoes person, missing your meat and potatoes, try roasting a variety of vegetables at dinnertime. Cut carrots, parsnips, squash, and zucchini into pieces of equal size; toss them in olive oil and seasonings and roast them slowly.

If you need important dental work, call Dr. Ryan Yakowicz to schedule an appointment, and then start making that healthy grocery list!

Posted in Dental Health, Patient Care

How Dental Night Guards Can Help You

NightguardsIt’s common to see people wearing mouth guards in Belleville during all kinds of sports, such as football, basketball, and boxing, but did you know that lots of folks wear mouth guards at night for their dental health? People who grind their teeth (bruxism) and people with sleep apnea can get relief from their symptoms simply by wearing a specially-designed mouth guard at night. Dr. Ryan Yakowicz has helped tons of Belleville residents improve the quality of their life with night guards and we at Neighborhood Smiles invite you to come visit us today to find out more.

Night Guards for Bruxism

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Calcium Isn’t Just Good for Bones—It Benefits Your Smile Too!

345e115f-d471-430a-9380-3b5c8b023af8WE’VE ALL BEEN TOLD (and many of us tell our children) that milk builds strong bones. But our nutritional and dietary preferences are not only widely varied, they also change from time to time. Does milk really “do a body good”? Some believe it does, and others believe it doesn’t.

Regardless of your take, you’re not alone. Today, millions of people follow vegan or vegetarian diets, and tens of millions of people are lactose intolerant. Whether or not you choose to avoid dairy for health or other personal reasons, here are some thoughts from our team.

Calcium and Vitamin D Play a Key Role in Oral Health

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Dental Insurance FAQ: The Basics

Insurance_FAQ

We at Neighborhood Smiles Belleville understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Dr. Yakowicz wants every Belleville resident to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. As always, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to give us a call!

Dental Insurance

Dental insurance is an excellent investment that helps Belleville residents ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles. However, in order to get the best value from your dental insurance, there are a few things you need to know. Here are the answers to the most common questions we hear at Smiles Belleville:

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Trend Alert – Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling?

Claiming everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash.

Users swish, or “pull” one tablespoon of oil in their mouth for 10-20 minutes every day. The oil usually doubles in size due to collecting saliva and toxins from the mouth. Users are strongly warned to spit out the oil because it contains the microorganisms which pulling aims to extract. Oil is believed to draw toxins out of the mouth by sticking to their outer, fatty layer. Since oral hygiene is linked to health in all parts of the body, it’s believed that the benefits of oil pulling go beyond just your mouth. Read more ›

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Diet Soda and Dental Health: What You Need to Know

Diet SodaIn today’s calorie-obsessed culture, it can be hard to find the truth among all of the health-conscious noise. Often times, Belleville residents are misinformed and mislead about the health benefits of trends like as cleanses, sugar alternatives, diets, organic vs. nonorganic, and a myriad of other common topics. Today Dr. Ryan Yakowicz would like to clear up any misconceptions about dental health and diet soda. If you have any questions please call us at Neighborhood Smiles.

Are Diet Sodas Healthy?

The short answer is no. Originally conceived as low-calorie alternatives to one of America’s first commercial legacies, diet sodas have become extremely popular amidst our country’s battle to lose weight. There’s only one little problem – diet sodas are only marginally better than regular soda. Compared to water, diet soda has zero nutritional value and contains many ingredients that are harmful outside of moderation.

Diet Soda & Dental Health

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