• Brushing Your Teeth – Are You Doing It Wrong?
    June 27, 2018

    Did you know that certain times of day might be better for brushing than others? While it’s always recommended to brush your teeth twice per day, and floss once per day, your timing is also important.

    If you love your pearly whites and want to keep them around as long as possible (because face it, life would be pretty difficult without your teeth), read more to improve your tooth brushing game. (more…)

  • What Happens in Your Mouth While You Sleep?
    June 13, 2018

    Ah, nighttime… the end of the day, the ceasing of work, and hopefully a good night’s sleep. But did you know things are still happening in your mouth all night long, even if you’re blissfully unaware of it? Dr. Yakowicz, Belleville dentist sheds some light on the world of your mouth and everything going on inside of it while you catch some zzz’s. (more…)

  • No Tradesies: Packing Mouth-Healthy Lunches for Kiddos
    May 27, 2018

    Breakfast is always being touted as the most important meal of the day—and for good reason! It’s important for Belleville families to kickstart their day with nutrients that will help them power through school, work, socializing, sports, homework… does anyone else feel exhausted just thinking about it all?

    The right foods in your child’s lunch can help boost their energy and keep those brains, bodies, and mouths going all day! Alternatively, lunches full of sugary, sticky, acidic foods and beverages can accelerate tooth decay and cause your child to feel sluggish both physically and mentally.

    Dr. Yakowicz of Neighborhood Smiles loves to share ideas on what to include in your child’s lunch to keep their smile safe and their health optimal… and perhaps what to leave out and have as an occasional treat for good behavior. (more…)

  • Bacteria: The Good, the Bad & the Neutral
    May 13, 2018

    Living in a land of antibacterial gels, soaps, plastics, and even fabrics, it might surprise you to hear that tons of bacteria live in your mouth every day, and they aren’t all bad! In fact, some play an important role in keeping up your overall health. Some oral bacteria, however, can cause serious problems and must be fought with good oral hygiene. Dr. Yakowicz from Neighborhood Smiles in Belleville would like to help you understand the role bacteria play in your health and wellness. (more…)

  • The Smoking Gun: Tobacco & Oral Health
    April 27, 2018

    They say not everything natural is good for you. Nature has many poisons that humans have experimented with and learned the hard way to avoid. Tobacco is a popular plant that we’ve learned can really do a number on your health. Using tobacco is a personal and communal practice that can be really hard to avoid, even if you know it’s bad for you. Working with your doctor and dentist will be essential if you’re concerned about your health and want to stop using tobacco. (more…)

  • What Are Those Bumps? Oral Tori
    April 13, 2018

    Unusual shapes and growths can be alarming anywhere in the body. If you’ve noticed hard bumps growing in your mouth, you might have oral tori.

    What are Oral Tori?

    Tori (or a single torus) are bumps in the mouth made of bone tissue covered by gum tissue. They grow slowly and some people have them without ever noticing them! There are three kinds of tori, each named differently based on their location:

    • Buccal exostoses: tori on the back, upper gums, on the cheek side
    • Maxillary/palatal tori: on the roof of the mouth
    • Mandibular/lingual tori: on the lower jaw, under the tongue


  • The Oral-Systemic Link: Risk Factors for Tooth Decay
    March 27, 2018

    Did you know the same plaque that decays your teeth can cause major heart problems? What if you could fight plaque and heart failure both by improving your oral health? Dr. Yakowicz in Belleville is here to tell you more!

    Someone dies from a heart attack every minute, according to the American Heart Association, and most heart attacks (and 85% of strokes) are caused by cholesterol build-up – aka plaque.

    But there is good news. You can work with your Belleville dentist and your doctor to understand and minimize your risk factors for developing plaque and tooth decay. (more…)

  • Orthodontics 101
    March 13, 2018

    A healthy, beautiful smile is important for your overall health and life satisfaction. If your teeth are too close to each other, too far apart, too crooked, or if they fit together uncomfortably when your mouth is closed, it’s likely you have malocclusion.

    From the root words “mal” for bad, and “occlusion” for closed, malocclusion refers to a poor position of your teeth when your mouth is closed. The solution for malocclusion is orthodontics to straighten your teeth. (The root word “ortho” means straight.)

    The specific position of your mouth when it’s closed is called your bite. Your bite can be either healthy or unhealthy, and an unhealthy bite can cause all sorts of problems. Kids and adults alike can benefit from fixing an improper bite.

    Needing orthodontic treatment is a good example of when cosmetic dentistry is both beautiful and practical. Belleville dentist, Dr. Yakowicz shares all you need to know about getting orthodontic treatment at Neighborhood Smiles. (more…)

  • Oral Cancer – Protection & Early Detection
    February 27, 2018

    Cancer is always a scary word. But it doesn’t have to be the last word.

    Equipped with good information and the best doctors, you can feel empowered to navigate whatever stands before you or your loved one.

    Oral cancer is common and affects approximately 50,000 Americans every year. If you have more questions about oral cancer, read more below from Dr. Yakowicz at Neighborhood Smiles in Belleville. (more…)

  • Why Does My Jaw Hurt?
    February 13, 2018

    If your jaw clicks when it opens, or you can’t fully open it, or you have pain in your face and trouble chewing, then you’re among the 15% of Americans who have chronic jaw pain.

    Your jaw joint is called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. The name comes from the jaw’s role to connect your temporal bone in the skull with your mandible bone. Some people experience short-term pain that goes away with ice and over-the-counter medicine. But if you have chronic jaw pain or you can’t open your mouth, you might have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and it’s important to see your dentist right away to find relief.

    Dr. Yakowicz, Belleville dentist explains more below about the causes and treatments of jaw pain. (more…)

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