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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

You should expect your gums and teeth to be a bit sensitive after you have a deep dental cleaning. Tooth sensitivity and even some bleeding from the gums are all normal too. 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 and 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 consuming hot or cold foods, as well as highly acidic foods. We recommend sticking with softer foods and avoiding beverages at either temperature extreme. Recommended foods include staples like:

  • Yogurt
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Apple sauce

As you feel more comfortable, then you can start reincorporating harder foods like breads and raw vegetables. You should be back to eating whatever you want without any extra sensitivity in your teeth within 2 to 3 weeks.

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. Our Asheville dentists recommend rinsing out your mouth with warm salt water a 3-4 times a day after the procedure. This type of rinse is a classic that will kill off lingering oral bacteria while also reducing inflammation. Additionally, make sure that you are brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily to keep out the bacteria and support healthier gums.

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. If you there is sensitivity that is still making it difficult to eat or even talk, then we recommend taking an appropriate dosage of acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

For anyone who smokes, we also recommend that you avoid smoking for at least 3 days after the deep dental cleaning. Now you also know that we can’t mention smoking without also stating that you should consider quitting if you smoke habitually. As an Asheville dentist, we see a lot of smokers who have advanced gum disease. This is extremely tough to treat.

Were you prescribed some antibiotics after your deep cleaning? If so, then please make sure that you stick to the prescribed dosage schedule. If you quit early, then you run the risk of gum disease returning. Dr. Rebol may also schedule a follow-up appointment to have you come back in a few weeks after your teeth cleaning. We just want to make sure that your teeth and gums are looking great and healing up.

Prevent Future Teeth Sensitivity By Practicing Good Oral Hygiene

It should go without saying that you need to continue to practice good oral hygiene after your teeth cleaning in order to prevent further teeth sensitivity and gum disease. You can start by making sure that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two full minutes. Use the stopwatch feature on your phone the first few times, because yes we really mean that you should brush your teeth for 2 full minutes. Take care when brushing those areas where your teeth meet your gums. We recommend investing in a good electric toothbrush if you haven’t already.

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.

What Can You Eat After You Get Your Teeth Whitened?

Eating fruit salad in Asheville after teeth whitening treatment

Have you recently gotten your teeth whitened in Asheville? Congratulations! The team at Rebol Family Dentistry love to hear that you are being proactive and taking steps to improve your smile! If you are considering investing in teeth whitening treatment, there are a few things we would like you to know. Hopefully, you’ll come see us in Asheville – but in case you don’t live nearby, we’d like to review with you a few foods that our dentists recommend as safest to eat after you get your teeth whitened.

To make the best of your investment, you’ll want to mind what you eat after the procedure. A good rule of thumb is to follow the “White Diet.” Essentially, you only want to eat food that is devoid of color and soft on your teeth. Keep reading for a full breakdown of what our doctors do and don’t recommend in the days following teeth whitening.

The 48 Hours After Your Teeth Whitening

The 48 hours following a whitening procedure are the most critical. During this time, your teeth are susceptible to stains and discoloration. To ensure maximum whiteness, be careful not to eat or drink anything that could stain your teeth. This includes things like coffee, tea, wine, tomatoes, steak一basically anything with color that could tint your teeth while they’re susceptible.

Here are a list of foods that doctors recommend in the 48 hours after your teeth whitening:

Breakfast

  • Plain white yogurt with banana
  • Scrambled egg whites with white bread (cut off the crusts)
  • Oats with coconut flakes
  • Egg white and mozzarella cheese omelette
  • Rice bubbles with skim milk
  • Fruit salad of banana, peeled apple, peeled pear and coconut

Lunch

  • White fish sushi
  • Turkey or chicken sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise
  • Grilled white cheddar cheese on white bread

Dinner

  • Baked chicken breast with a side of mashed potatoes
  • Steamed fish with steamed white rice
  • Creamy chicken or fish with pasta and cauliflower
  • Creamy cauliflower and chicken risotto

Snacks

  • White cheese
  • Rice pudding
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Rice crackers
  • Vanilla ice cream

Drinks

  • Water
  • Club soda or tonic water
  • Milk
  • Clear, colorless flavored soda
  • Coconut water
  • White wine
  • Vodka

There you have it! It may not be the most flavorful two days of your life, but if you stick to the “White Diet” for 48 hours after a whitening, your teeth will be sparkling for years to come. While you’re at it, why not consider some of the other cosmetic treatments that our office provides? You can trust our staff to give you the best care possible, and we love new patients!

5 Simple Habits That Will Improve Your Oral Health

We’ve all heard that if we want healthy teeth, we should brush twice daily, floss once a day, and schedule regular dental cleaning appointments twice a year. But, if you want to level up your oral health game, there are simple things you can include in your routine.

 

1) Get A New Toothbrush

One of the simplest ways you can improve your dental health and hygiene is to replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. Not only will brushing cause your toothbrush bristles to fray and reduce its cleaning ability, but the bacteria we brush off our teeth can stay on the bristles! Properly store your toothbrush (keeping it upright and letting it dry out between uses) so that it won’t get smelly and nasty too fast, but it’s still important to replace your toothbrush at least every 3-4 months.

2) Use A Tongue-Scraper

Brushing your teeth twice daily is a no-brainer, but don’t forget your tongue! The same bacteria and gunk that flourishes on teeth can hide on your tongue too. Using a tongue scraper (or just running your toothbrush over your tongue) will leave your mouth feeling fresh – say goodbye to bad breath!

3) Don’t Brush Too Hard

Sometimes you might feel like you need to really work at brushing your teeth, to get absolutely all of the food particles and plaque out. However, when you brush too hard, you risk scraping away at the tooth enamel, which is your teeth’s first line of defense against decay. Brush gently or use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your teeth. And, consider using an electric toothbrush, which will prevent you from applying too much pressure. Talk to Dr. Rebol or Dr. Allen about their recommendations!

4) Use a Mouth Rinse

There are many mouth washes to choose from and they all have good points… Whether it is fighting cavities, fresh breath, or gum problems there is a mouth rinse that can help. Rinses alone aren’t enough but they are often a healthy thing to add to your brushing and flossing routine. Talk to us about which one might be right for you!

5) Choose Foods that are Teeth-Friendly

Many foods are bad for your teeth. Sugar and carbs feed the harmful bacteria living in your mouth and acidic drinks erode tooth enamel. Avoiding some of these foods will help, but there are also plenty of foods you can eat that are actually good for your teeth. Adding more cheese, yogurt, leafy greens, apples, carrots, celery, and almonds to your diet will make your teeth happy, whether by scrubbing them as you eat, fighting bad bacteria, treating gum disease, neutralizing your mouth’s pH, or remineralizing your enamel.

How Are Your Teeth Doing?

Schedule an appointment with Rebol Family Dentistry and let’s talk about how to improve your overall oral health!

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