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Rebol Tri-Wizard Tournament – Win Passes to Harry Potter World!

Have you been thinking about taking a trip to Universal Studios Orlando and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? We thought so! One lucky person is going to win two single-day passes to the parks – completely free! Here’s how you can be the winner in 5 easy steps!

Step 1: Like and follow us on social media to get updates about the contest
Step 2: Complete task number 1 of our Tri-Wizard Tournament
Step 3: Complete last number 2 of our Tri-Wizard Tournament
Step 4: Complete task number 3 of our Tri-Wizard Tournament
Step 5: The wizard with the most points, wins!

This year our themed office costumes for Halloween are Harry Potter inspired. That inspired us to host a Tri-Wizard tournament and give away these passes.

The Tri-Wizard Tournament will commence October 15, 2018 and will end November 2, 2018. The tournament will have three unique and easy tasks. Simply participate in each task and if you earn the most points, you win! For each task, points will be awarded for the top performers/winners starting with 5 points, 4 points, and so on, down to 1 point. In the case of a tie at the completion of the tournament, the names of the wizards will be dropped into the wizard’s cup and the name that appears will win the tickets!

The first event will be a Harry Potter meme contest. Simply find your favorite Harry Potter meme (or GIF) and post it to our Facebook page. The meme with the most likes and comments will be ranked #1. All memes must be PG. Any inappropriate or offensive content will be deleted and the participant will be disqualified.

Stay tuned for our additional tasks! Good luck!

10 Reasons to See Your Dentist in Asheville

At Rebol Family Dentistry, we think there are lots of reasons that a person should go see their dentist, least of all our wonderful doctors, which is why we were so surprised to find out that, according to a poll, only around 65% of adults in the United States see a dentist annually.

Woman visits Rebol Family Dentistry in Asheville

We’ve narrowed down the options to compile a list of 10 great reasons that you (and your loved ones!) should see your dentist, in Asheville or otherwise, this fall.

1) Tartar, Plaque & Cavities

Tartar, plaque, and cavities are a problem for even the most diligent brushers and consistent flossers, and the majority of us making common mistakes. Built up plaque becomes harder to remove, turning into tartar over time. Solidified tartar is both difficult to excavate and hazardous to the health of your mouth. Visits to the dentist are actually much less intense if they happen more regularly.

Regular dentist visits prevent tartar from eroding teeth or creating holes in them, which is how cavities are created. It’s hard to catch a cavity as its being created; likely, you will only know after it’s too late. Once the damage is done, you will have to return to the dentist and have your cavities filled. Why not save a buck and go in for regular check-ups instead?

2) Address Pain

Pain and swelling anywhere in the face and jaw should be checked out to ascertain its exact cause. Toothaches are one of the top symptoms that dentists look out for, so if you have one that’s been bothering you, pop in for a check-up.

3) Check Up on Past Dental Work

Dental work, like other medical interventions, requires regular check-ups with professionals. If you have had crowns, fillings, dental implants or dentures, come by your Asheville dentist for a quick inspection.

4) Gum Disease

Gum disease is a possible effect of unattended tartar. This happens when tartar buildup leads to an infection in the area where the gum is connected to the tooth, causing the gum to retreat from the tooth. This is known as gingivitis and can generate a breakdown in tissue that attaches your gums to your teeth.

5) Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is a very serious and unfortunate disease, affecting thousands each year. The early onset signs of oral cancer are as yet unknown, however, dentists are highly trained in detecting the symptoms of oral cancer. Fortunately, early-stage oral cancer is often easily treatable. Recognizing oral cancer in its early stages is key to successfully treating it. You may not recognize certain abnormalities, but your dentist will.

6) Pregnancy

Seeing a dentist while you’re pregnant is not only safe, it’s smart. Pregnancy can exacerbate certain dental conditions, so it’s important to make regular appointments.

7) Head, Neck & Lymph Node Checks

Your dentist won’t just check your teeth and jaw during a regular appointment, they’ll also extend their check up to your head, neck, and lymph nodes to look for any swelling or abnormalities, which could be a sign of a major health issue.

8) Dry Mouth

Persistent dry mouth, or the feeling of always being parched, could be a sign of a medical issue or medication side effect. Talk to your dentist about it.

9) Tobacco Use

The use of chewing tobacco or cigarettes is a well-known impediment to good oral health. Checking in with your dentist could save you from developing oral cancer as a result of tobacco use.

10) Mouth Spots & Sores

Mouth sores can be quite typical. Common ones include cold sores, canker sores, or candidiasis, which vary in severity and cause. If you have a spot or sore that’s lasted longer than a week or doesn’t appear right, have your dentist take a look. It could be the symptom of a disease or disorder; infection from a virus, bacteria or disorder; or an irritant caused by dentures, braces, or other types of hardware.

Conclusion

Regular dental visits may seem like a pain or an inconvenience, but, coupled with other good habits, they should keep your mouth healthy and clear for years to come. Contact our Asheville dental practice to make an appointment, and remember that we are a family dental office and as such welcome patients of all ages.

4 Ways To Help Your Child Overcome Their Fear of Dentists

As a parent, you already know your tiny human has a lot of unfounded fears. From the time the broccoli looked like “a bumpy green monster” (well played, little one!) to classics like the bad guy under the bed, there are thousands of moments that drive any mom or dad to sympathize, roll their eyes, or even chuckle.

Child is scared to visit the dentist in Asheville

When it comes to fear of the dentist, your child is not alone. Not only are plenty of other children in their shoes, but a great deal of full-grown adults can actually relate as well. So how do you soothe your precious little person? Here are 4 key tips to get you started.

1) Treat It Like a Common Errand

If you spend multiple days in advance trying to emotionally prepare your child for his or her first trip to the dentist, chances are it might backfire. Sometimes as parents, we over-correct a potential problem before the issue even has a chance to present itself. If this will be your child’s first time at the dentist, it’s a good strategy to treat it like a simple grocery run or even an exciting mini-adventure.

Of course, if your kiddo has already been to the dentist a few times and developed a fear, this strategy is less effective. If this is the case, treat your trip to the dentist like a big, brave accomplishment instead.

2) Give Kids Room for Their Own Thoughts

Kids are full of opinions—for better or worse. With this in mind, it can be beneficial to take a step back and let them tell you how they feel. Instead of using phrases like, “Don’t worry sweetie, this won’t hurt,” before you go to the dentist, allow them to form their own opinions. Perhaps they weren’t worried in the first place that it would hurt.

If your child’s evaluation of the dentist is that the experience was scary, make sure to let us know. For instance, teeth can be a bit sensitive after a cleaning and this is something that is much less scary if they are prepared. When working with wary children, we can speak in a way that might be less intimidating; for example, “I’m just going to count your teeth!” or “Let me clean off a few sugar bugs so your teeth are nice and healthy!”

3) Evaluate Whether They’re Better Off With You or Alone

You may be wondering whether it’s best to stay with your child or nudge them out of the nest. The answer is: it depends. Some children may feel abandoned if you stay in the waiting room, whereas others may enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with being independent. You know your child best!

4) Don’t Feel Guilty About a Tantrum

In a perfect world, your child wouldn’t throw a tantrum about going to the dentist. But in a perfect world, your child would also eat his veggies, be nice to her siblings, and not yank on the dog’s ears quite that hard.

If your mini-me has shed some tears or tossed a tantrum, don’t feel bad. It’s not an uncommon occurrence. The friendly staff at Rebol Family Dentistry is here for you and we ultimately want to provide both you and your child with the best experience possible. Please let us know any and all of your family’s needs!

Not a patient yet? If you’d like to make an appointment, for yourself or your child, please give us a call at 828-358-2292 or schedule an appointment online.

Brushing Your Teeth: 6 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make

You may know already that brushing your teeth at least twice a day is recommended by most dentists, including our own, but are you sure you’re doing it correctly?

Children brushing their teeth before going to bed in Asheville

We know that it doesn’t feel good to hear that you may be doing something wrong, but correcting these six common brushing mistakes are super easy! Follow our recommendations and you will be on your way to even better oral health.

Keep reading to find out if you’re guilty of one of these common teeth brushing faux pas.

1) Brushing Too Hard

This one has to be the most common mistake, and we understand why people are tempted to make it. Because of the shape of teeth, food can be hard to get to with just a toothbrush, which is why flossing as well as brushing is a great idea.

The one thing that won’t help you remove excess debris is brushing your teeth really hard. Watch your face in the mirror while you brush; is it fixed in an expression of anger or intensity? If so, you’re probably going a bit too hard and may cause harm or permanent damage to your gums. Easy does it when it comes to brushing.

2) Rushing Your Brushing

Most of us know that you’re supposed to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, but how many of us actually take that to heart? It can be easy to fall into the trap of rushing through your oral health routine, which can negatively affect the health of your mouth in the long term.

Some dental specialists have a solution: use your phone to set an alarm that will ensure you brush for the right amount of time, or have fun with it and put on a song while you brush. Most songs these days, especially pop songs, last for about two to three minutes, which gives you a perfect window of time to attend to your teeth.

3) Using the Wrong Type of Toothbrush

Toothbrushes with super hard bristles won’t help you reach the hard to get plaque, but they can hurt your gums. Soft or extra soft bristle toothbrushes are actually recommended, as they will be forgiving to your gums and offer the flexibility needed to reach more places. All bristles should be doing is dislodging food that’s stuck in your teeth. Using super hard bristles with force may remove protective enamel, leaving your teeth exposed and sensitive.

4) Using an Old Brush

Just as bad as using a brush with extra hard bristles is using a brush that’s past its prime. Toothbrushes should be changed every three to four months. To better remember, consider changing your toothbrush with the season.

Keep your toothbrush in a place that gets plenty of air so that it dries in between uses. A brush that’s bent, frayed or discolored is no longer a brush that should be used. If this is happening before the three month mark, it could be a sign that you’re using too much force when you brush your teeth.

5) Rinsing Your Mouth with Water After

It’s very normal and tempting to rinse your mouth with water after you brush but doing so totally negates the fluoride in your toothpaste. (Additional tip: you should be using a toothpaste with fluoride, if you’re not already.) Instead of reaching for the tap after you brush, rinse with a mouthwash that also has fluoride in it. Be sure not to drink any water or other beverages for at least a half hour after you’ve brushed. This will allow the fluoride to coat your teeth and better protect them.

6) Brushing Side to Side

Most of us grow up brushing our teeth from one side to another in a horizontal motion, but that is not the best way to care for your teeth. Instead, try brushing in small, circular motions. It’s more beneficial to your mouth to use strokes that roll up and down, and it’s important to remember to hit the tongue side of teeth as well. Think of brushing as a massage for the teeth and do your best to reach every nook and cranny.

Brushing may not be the most exciting part of a person’s day, but it’s really important to know how to do it well. If you avoid the above mistakes, your teeth should be in great shape for years to come. Don’t forget to visit your dentist every six months or so to get a check up. If you are in the Asheville area and looking for a qualified, caring family dentistry practice, contact us or schedule an appointment.

5 Reasons to Schedule a Dental Appointment Before School Starts

It’s that time of year again; the kids are going back to school! New notebooks? Got ‘em. Booster shots? Yep! What about a dental check up? 

Child goes to pediatric dental appointment before school starts

Though it may seem like medical check ups are the only necessity for kids going back to school, a dental check up and teeth cleaning are highly recommended at the start of the school year. A healthy mouth means a healthy kid! And some schools actually require that teeth have been checked prior to the school year, so why not take the time and do so now?

Your Schedule Isn’t Crazy (Yet!)

One of the best parts about taking your child to the dentist during summer is that everyone’s not so busy yet! As soon as September hits, most children will have after-school activities, parents will be shuttling their kids from point A to point B, and life will have returned to its regularly scheduled mania again.

Carve out some time for your children to see a dentist before going back to school. You’ll be happy to have it out of the way, and your doctor will be able to tell you whether or not further treatment is necessary, such as braces or fillings. We recommend that children see us every six months or so due to the high rate of change that happens during their school years.

A Healthy Mouth Means Better Grades

Getting a check up prior to the start of school can improve a child’s chance of excelling academically. They won’t have to miss days of school, which means they’ll be spending their time in the classroom where they should be.

Additionally, kids can become easily distracted by pain or discomfort. If there is an issue with their teeth or oral health, they might fixate on that instead of focusing on their teacher. Ensure that they are good to go with a dental check up before the school year!

Fluoride and Fresh Breath

There’s nothing like a fresh set of choppers! Set your children up for the new school year by clearing away debris and deep cleaning their teeth. Additionally, by scheduling an appointment before the school year starts, your dentist can look for infections or decay and treat them if they exist, preventing further days out of school.

Fluoride is important to protect teeth and help them grow stronger. Make sure your child is up to date on fluoride treatments. While most cities have fluoride in the water, sometimes it’s not enough.

Reinforce Good Habits

There’s never a bad time to reinforce good habits! This is especially true during the last weeks of summer, as everyone will be busy when school starts up again. Take your child to the dentist and allow the doctors to do the talking. Pediatric dentists in Asheville in particular are trained in ways to encourage good dental habits and will be a welcome addition to your own encouragement.

Remember, not all kids will be able to brush alike. Talk to your family dentist about what to expect from your child at their age. For example, children six and under may think they’re ready to brush by themselves but often lack the necessary motor skills. Make sure that the whole household is doing their part to prevent cavities.

If you don’t yet have a family dentist and live in the Asheville area, contact us to set up an appointment.

Tonsil Check

Dental check ups are an ideal time to take a look at your child’s tonsils as well. Enlarged or inflamed tonsils can interfere with a child’s well being, usually by affecting their sleep or concentration. This is important to recognize and treat early on.

The back-to-school season is always hectic, and we understand that parents can get a bit bogged down with tasks. Try to make the time to see a dentist and get a check up before the school year. If you are interested in speaking to one of our doctors, make an appointment today.

Why Are Your Teeth Sensitive After a Teeth Cleaning?

Tooth sensitivity is familiar to many people一the sensation of sudden pain or sensitivity that comes from drinking or eating something hot, cold, sweet, or very acidic, or breathing in cold air, is quite common. This is especially true after getting your teeth cleaning here in Asheville.

Woman getting her teeth cleaned at the dentist in Asheville

You can expect to feel a bit of sensitivity in your teeth following a dental cleaning, particularly with a deep clean, but the sensation should fade over time, leaving your teeth and gums healthier than they were before.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

There are plenty of causes of sensitivity in one’s teeth. Sensitivity can occur when the gums have receded enough to expose the underlying root of the tooth, which are not covered by hard enamel. The tooth’s root acts as its nerve center一within each are thousands of tiny channels leading to the pulp. This area can be extremely sensitive when exposed.

The leading causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Poor oral hygiene – gum recession is often a result of tartar and bacteria build-up
  • Brushing too hard – a very common occurrence. About two in three people apply too much pressure when brushing.
  • Mouthwash – continual use of mouthwash over long periods of time.
  • Nerve damage – This can occur in the teeth and will lead to significant sensitivity.
  • Broken, cracked or ground teeth
  • Diet – acidic foods and overstimulation by hot or cold beverages can cause sensitivity
  • Dental procedures – such as whitening, capping, filling, or cleaning, though this should go away after a brief period of time.

Sensitivity From a Deep Clean

Tooth sensitivity can often be the result of a deep clean performed by your dental practice. To remove tartar and other calcified bacteria from your teeth, your dentist will have to use special tools in a process called scaling.

Your dentist may also use tools to remove tartar from the root surfaces between the gum and tooth roots in a process called root planing. Prior to a deep cleaning, the gums can be inflamed and swollen, and there may even be pockets of infected bacteria within the gums.

While scaling and root planing may result in some irritation and bleeding, they both help to treat problems such as inflamed and swollen gums, and ultimately benefit the overall health of your mouth.

Speak to your doctor about the severity of your cleaning, and they may be able to offer localized anesthesia if your appointment is likely to be extremely irritating.

What to Expect After a Deep Clean

While the process might involve some irritation and bleeding, general soreness, tooth sensitivity and bleeding gums are all normal following the cleaning as well. Many of these effects are due to contact between the cleaning tools and inflamed gums, which tend to bleed easily. Additionally, deep cleanings will expose areas of the teeth that were previously covered by tartar and are not covered by enamel, so it will take a while for your teeth to adjust to this new area of sensitivity.

Following a cleaning, uncomfortable and sensitive teeth should last no more than a week, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). If you brush carefully and regularly, swollen, tender gums should improve gradually over time and the bleeding should stop. The general discomfort most often associated with dental cleanings should clear up in one to two days. Tooth sensitivity, however, is harder to avoid, but it shouldn’t last longer than a week. This is especially true when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, as well as highly acidic foods.

Caring for Your Teeth After a Clean

Though sensitivity is to be expected following a deep clean, there are still steps you can take to care for your teeth. Allow your gums time to heal by avoiding common triggers of sensitivity or pain. Brush your teeth carefully with a soft-bristled toothbrush while your gums are still sore, and wait at least a day before flossing. Using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help with tooth sensitivity, and it’s wise to avoid certain foods and drinks that might aggravate your sensitivity.

If you still feel sensitivity three or four weeks after treatment, contact us for a follow up. We can assess your teeth and gums and check that all are healing well. Though sensitivity is something that most patients should expect, it should not last for longer than a month.

If you are interested in setting up an appointment with one of our capable doctors, go ahead and fill out a form here. Rebol Family Dentistry is currently accepting new patients. We look forward to serving more people in the Asheville area!

Meet Our New Dentist, Dr. Sparks!

Rebol Family Dentistry is proud to announce that we are welcoming a new member to our family of trained professionals, Chris Sparks, DMD. Dr. Sparks has three years of in-field experience as a clinical dentist and is passionate about creating beautiful smiles for all his patients. We are excited to welcome him to our team and are sure that he will make a valuable addition to Rebol’s practice.

Dr. Sparks in front of Rebol Family Dentistry's office in Asheville, NC

What Drew Dr. Sparks to Pediatric Dentistry?

Dr. Sparks was first drawn to dentistry when he originally began shadowing the profession.

“I love being able to interact with people in meaningful ways that will be a benefit to their overall well-being, and dentistry allows me to do just that,” says Dr. Sparks of his reasons for entering this field. “I’ve always had a knack for using my hands to craft with precision, which translated perfectly into the ability to provide dental restorations that are both cosmetically and functionally superior.”

Dr. Sparks experience and passion for what he does has made him a top candidate for any dental practice.

Where Did Dr. Sparks Go to School?

Dr. Sparks received his degree in Business Administration from the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he minored in Chemistry. He went on to receive his DMD from East Carolina University’s School of Dental Medicine.

What’s Dr. Sparks Favorite Thing About Being a Dentist?

While Dr. Sparks enjoys all aspects of the dental profession, he finds establishing a personal relationship with his patients to be particularly rewarding. He aims to identify and eliminate the causes of dental disease, while educating patients on achieving and maintaining health in their oral cavity.

“It’s exciting for me to work together with my patients to create a plan to put them on a path towards oral wellness, then execute these plans and see the progress made along the way.”

Dr. Sparks feels confident in the people of Asheville; he recognizes that most of our citizens have a passion for health and happiness, and he looks forward to assisting them in taking the best care of their teeth that they possibly can.

When asked about what he’s looking forward to most about his new position, Dr. Sparks says that he is excited about working with the great team at Rebol Family Dentistry. He believes he’ll be a great contribution to our practice, and that together we can provide excellent comprehensive oral care for patients in Asheville and the surrounding areas.

What Are Dr. Sparks Favorite Things to Do in Asheville?

Dr. Sparks is an outdoor buff who loves to stay active, which makes him a near perfect fit for our Blue Ridge paradise.

“Being an incredible mountain city with so much to offer, it was hard not to be drawn into Asheville as a place to live and practice.”

Dr. Sparks says that he is excited to take part in some of Asheville’s many local activities, be it live music or floating down the French Broad with his 3 year-old Australian Shepherd, Bella.

Beyond his appreciation for local endeavors and his adorable dog, Dr. Sparks is an avid sports fan. His teams are the UNC Tarheels and the Carolina Panthers, so he’s sure to be in good company with the other avid sports fans around our great city. Not only a spectator, Dr. Sparks says he equally enjoys playing tennis, golf, and several other sports as well.

Fun Facts About Dr. Sparks

“At East Carolina I was awarded the first ever Intramural Ironman title, having won the most intramural championships out of the entire undergrad/graduate campuses over the course of the year,” Dr. Sparks tells us. “I love to stay active!”

We’d say that’s an understatement…

Come in and meet all of our caring and qualified doctors! Rebol Family Dentistry is now welcoming new patients of all ages. We provide comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Call us at 828-358-2292 or fill out this form to request an appointment, and be sure to keep an eye out for our newest doctor around town!

When Should You See a Pediatric Dentist in Asheville?

We know that caring for your children’s health is a top priority, including the health of their teeth and gums. Finding the right pediatric dentist is a big decision一hopefully, they’ll be taking care of your child (or children) for many years to come and throughout a particularly active period for dental growth. So how do you know when to see a pediatric dentist for your child? And how do you find the right one in the Asheville area?

First, let’s breakdown the responsibilities of a pediatric dentist. Like pediatricians, pediatric dentists work exclusively with children. They are the primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children up to adolescence. To be able to take care of your child’s teeth, pediatric dentists must attend an additional two to three years of training after they complete their dentistry degree. There is a lot of hard work, dedication, and learning that goes into taking care of little teeth!

The First Visit To Your Pediatric Dentist

Most experts agree that parents should take their children to a pediatric dentist around the appearance of the first tooth, no later than one or two years old. There are a couple of reasons for that. The first visit really isn’t for the dentist to do any work, it’s more an opportunity to introduce your child to the doctor and their office. This allows your young one to explore some instruments around the practice and sit in the chair. Once he or she has become more comfortable, the dentist can take a peek inside their mouth and get an idea of what’s going on in there.

Pediatric dentist working with first time patient in Asheville

This initial visits accomplishes three things: it establishes trust between your dentist and your child (and yourself), which is very important as your baby grows and will require more treatment. It also introduces you and your child to the language that the office uses. Most pediatric dental practices will have their own terms for common dental tools that make them more friendly and easier to understand.

Additionally, the dentist can do a quick examination and check your child for tooth decay. Your pediatric dentist will also check on your child’s jaw, gums, and bite, keeping an eye out for possible complications that could develop later.

At the end of the visit, your dentist will talk to you about good oral hygiene practices for the little one, as well as answering any questions you may have. They may even offer your child a goodie bag for being so brave! We love giving kids a little something extra for coming in to see us.

Routine Visits to the Dentist Moving Forward

After you’ve taken your child to their very first pediatric dental appointment, you’ll want to make sure to come in for regular appointments every six months. Since childhood is such a big period of growth for teeth, it’s important that they are checked on regularly. This also gives your pediatric dentist the opportunity to check for red flags, like misalignment from extensive thumbsucking and white spots or discoloration on the surface of the teeth.

Picking The Right Pediatric Dentist in Asheville

Finding the right pediatric dentist is half the battle, but for anyone living in the Asheville area, we have good news: we are a family dental practice and have pediatric dentists who are currently taking new patients!

Most children are at least a little apprehensive about visiting the dentist. That’s why it’s so important to find a pediatric dentist who’s willing to have fun. Their job is to take care of babies and children, so a sense of humor kind of goes with the territory. Seeing a dentist who’s able to have fun will make a world of difference when you’re going to appointments. This is important to remember as a parent as well. Your child will be able to sense any tension or stress you have while taking them to the dentist’s office, and may interpret that as fear. Try to have fun with them as much as you can! This takes the dread out of the dental process. Visits to the dentist’s office doesn’t need to be like pulling teeth!

If you or someone you know is in need of a new pediatric dentist, get in touch with us and schedule an appointment– here’s some more information for our new patients! Rebol Family Dentistry is committed to providing the best care possible for the families of Asheville.

Introducing the “More for Monarchs” Program

When you think of a butterfly, what image comes to mind? Is it of orange wings streaked with black lines and dotted with white, resembling the spots and stripes of a Bengal tiger? We owe that iconic image to the Monarch butterfly. This prolific pollinator was once abundant in North America, but has since experienced a disruption of its habitat. In an effort to help, we have launched the “More for Monarchs” program in Asheville!

Quick Fact: the population of the Monarch butterfly has fallen from 654 million at its peak in the mid-90s to roughly 109 million today.

That’s a loss of over 83% of their total population! From 2016 to 2017 alone, the population Monarch butterflies declined 27%. To put that in perspective, imagine losing the entire population of Africa and Europe in just one year!

What Inspired Us To Create The “More for Monarchs” Program?

While high quality dental care may be our driving passion at Rebol Family Dentistry, it’s by no means the only thing we are passionate about. We also believe that it is our duty to help care for our planet! So we are happy to announce our first annual “More for Monarchs” campaign – check our infographic below to get all the details…

Infographic details the More for Monarchs campaign in Asheville, NC

Hopefully, our “More for Monarchs” program will encourage awareness of the declining Monarch butterfly population while simultaneously promoting a sense of community in Asheville and contribution for all involved.

“We believe in giving back to the community whenever we can,” said Dr. Christopher Rebol. “This spring we wanted to find a cause that would help the environment, our community and keep people encouraged about spring since it was slow to arrive. More for Monarchs provides an opportunity for people to learn about and engage with these threatened butterflies, come together to plant seeds, and make their yards and gardens more beautiful in the process.”

We Passed Out Free Milkweed Seeds on Earth Day 2018

We began by handing out seeds on Earth Day (April 22nd) of this year. These were free, locally-packaged Milkweed seeds that patients could plant in and around their homes and offices.

Monarchs cannot survive without Milkweed.

In the past, Monarchs would stop off at farms and allow their caterpillars to feed off the Milkweed that naturally sprouted in between commercial crops like corn and soybean, but since the planting of herbicide-resistant versions of these crops一allowing farmers to spray their fields with powerful chemicals一the amount of Milkweed has decreased significantly. It’s possible and necessary for adult Monarchs to drink the nectar from a variety of flowers, but Milkweed is the only flower caterpillars can consume.

Monarchs co-evolved alongside Milkweed. Most other species of insects cannot feed off the plant because of cardenolides, a toxic compound found within their latex-based sap. Monarch caterpillars, however, absorb this toxin as they feed on the leaves of the plant, making the caterpillars themselves toxic to potential predators and increasing their chances of maturation.

We Donated Seeds to Carolina Day School

To further encourage this incredible flower, we have also donated seeds to the students at Carolina Day school. I’m sure we can all remember witnessing the process of seed planting, germination and growth while in school, as well as the metamorphosis of a butterfly, which is closely connected to the elementary curriculum. We will also be giving packets to local businesses so that they may share them with coworkers, friends and family in the Asheville area.

We have been ardently serving our community since 2008, but this year Rebol takes an additional step as we pledge to do “More for Monarchs”, and we’d like your help. Getting involved with this program is easy. We encourage anyone to stop by the Rebol office at 69 McDowell St. downtown and pick up a handful of milkweed seed packets for themselves and their friends.

If you’d like to have seeds mailed to you, you can find the More for Monarchs event on Rebol’s Facebook page (@reboldental) and leave a comment. Be sure to follow us on social media for more information. There will also be regular updates on the number of seeds left, as well as a list of local businesses where you can also stop in and pick up your packets.

The Monarch butterfly is more than just an incredible insect一it’s a precious reminder of what makes our country so beautiful. Help us create a better environment for future generations of Monarch butterflies, and make your home and garden more delightful in the process!

For more information about More for Monarchs, email taylor@rebolfamilydentistry.com or call us 828-253-5878 and ask for Taylor.

4 Ways to Improve Your Oral Health in 1 Month

It may seem like good oral health is a lifelong commitment (which it is), but there are steps you can take to improve your health in just one month!

Woman shows off white teeth at dentist in Asheville

This is not a substitute for dedicated cleaning and regular visits to the dentist’s office, but it will help you take better care of yourself – not only of your mouth, but the rest of your body as well.

Brush at Least Twice a Day

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Consider this your baseline: you should always be brushing, but there’s so much more that you can do on top of that.

Flossing and mouthwash rinses are very beneficial to your overall oral health. The effects of dedicated flossing and rinsing can be felt right away. You’ll notice your breath smells better, your teeth feel cleaner, and your overall body is functioning at a higher level than it was before.

Replace Your Toothbrush

Another top tip from all of us here at Rebol Family Dentistry is to replace your toothbrush regularly. Your brush is tasked with cleaning a lot of gunk and germs from out of your mouth; it makes sense that some would get trapped in the bristles. Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three months to keep your mouth feeling pristine.

Drink Water and Eat Well

Start drinking more water and eating healthy foods, like fruits, whole grains, dairy and vegetables. A balanced diet does wonders for your oral health. It’ll keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy. Over time, you’ll lose a desire for sugary drinks or snacks – which is just as well, since sugar has detrimental effects on the condition of your teeth.

Reduce Stress

Finally, try and reduce your stress. Stress can negatively affect your physical, mental and oral health. Not only does it contribute to poor dietary choices (such as overindulging in sweets or coffee), it also fuels bad habits such as nail biting and teeth grinding. Take care of your body by minimizing the stressors that you have in your life.

Conclusion

While there is nothing better for your teeth than consistent care and regular doctor visits, following these steps will assist you in improving your oral health – and everything listed here can happen in just one month! If you have any questions or wish to see one of our doctors, please get in touch. We are always happy to welcome new patients to Rebol Family Dentistry.