Category: Office News

Reducing Dental Waste at Home and in our Office with TerraCycle

Ever wonder what happens to the items you recycle? Thanks to modern advances, our recycling systems are constantly evolving and becoming more efficient. Unfortunately, there are still items we recycle that can’t be processed by municipal recycling plants.

What keeps certain recycled items from getting reused? Complications arise from incorrect sorting, contamination and others issues. It’s a complicated problem that has inspired many to seek new solutions – including our team at Rebol Family Dentistry!

Woman recycling dental waste in Asheville

Recycling can be kind of confusing. So, what can we do to save our waste from the landfill? Sometimes, it’s hard to make out those tiny little numbers on the bottom of our plastic containers. And what if something is made of a few different materials? Are toothbrushes recyclable? How about toothpaste tubes?

Recycling Dental Waste

We weren’t sure at first, so we did some research. Even though the individual components of toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes are recyclable, they ultimately are sent to the landfill by commercial recycling plants. However, we did find a solution! TerraCycle recycles toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers. All we have to do is mail them in. Then, TerraCycle takes them apart and separates by materials. They shred and melt the recycled materials, then use them to make new products!

Working with TerraCycle

TerraCycle is an innovative recycling business that upcycles and resells collected materials to be used in new products. Founder Tom Szaky works directly with brands to design solutions to reuse all materials Terracycle receives. Rebol Family Dentistry is excited to be working with TerraCycle to make sure our dental waste is efficiently refurbished, upcycled and recycled!

Infographic about recycling dental waste in Asheville

Bring your Dental Waste to Us in Asheville

We’re thrilled to be offering these recycling services to our entire community in Asheville. Anyone can bring in rinsed toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers to our office. We’re open Monday to Friday 8-5, so stop by at your convenience!

With your help, we can make an even bigger difference! Let your friends and family know about this service and keep us in mind when you replace your toothbrush – every three months 😁

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Win an Unforgettable Asheville Staycation for Two!

Have you ever taken a staycation? Rather than packing, boarding the dog and arranging your accommodations, a staycation is a simple way to get a fresh look at your hometown.

Forget about the required planning and inevitable stress that comes with traveling to a new place. A staycation can give you a whole new appreciation for your local area. You can take a step back from your day to day responsibilities and enjoy Asheville like a tourist.

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Plus, you get to support your community’s local businesses while you’re at it!

At Rebol Family Dentistry, we love supporting our local community! We’ve based our brand around our amazing hometown and the incredible people we share it with. Rebol Family Dentistry is not just about dental care. We are passionate about bringing big smiles to our patients’ faces! So, we’ve decided to treat two lucky patients to an unforgettable Asheville staycation.

Two Ways to Spend Your Asheville Staycation

There are so many different experiences to have in Asheville, so we’ve included two different options for the winner to pick between! Our Stay Weird Weekend explores some of the funkier and newer attractions in West Asheville and the River Arts District. Our Luxurious Weekend “Away” treats the winners to Asheville’s classic favorites, like Biltmore Estate and Curate. Both weekends include a $100 Uber gift card, so you won’t have to worry about driving or parking!

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Which Weekend Would You Pick?

Stay Weird WeekendLuxurious Weekend “Away”
Friday night:
Dinner:
Tupelo Honey
    Activity: LaZoom Bus Trip
Saturday:
Breakfast:
Sunny Point Cafe
    Activities: River Arts Graffiti and Gallery Tour, with beer flight at Wedge Brewery
    Lunch: White Duck Taco
    Dinner: The Admiral
Sunday:
Brunch:
Biscuithead
Friday night:
Dinner:
Curate
    Activity: Drinks at AC’s rooftop bar
Saturday:
Breakfast:
Early Girl Eatery
    Lunch: Corner Kitchen
    Tour: Biltmore Estate
    Dinner: Biltmore’s Bistro
Sunday:
Brunch:
Rhubarb

Guidelines for Our Asheville Staycation Giveaway

The giveaway runs from April 24, 2019 to May 31, 2019. Patients can enter in the office or by completing the tasks that will periodically be posted to our social media. In order to win, you must be a Rebol Family Dentistry patient before June 30, 2019. Winners will receive the Stay Weird Weekend or Luxurious Weekend “Away” package for themselves and a guest.

Picture showing hotspots for an Asheville staycation

The Tasks You Must Complete For Our Giveaway

Task  #1: Share our Facebook giveaway post on your wall and let your friends know which weekend you want to win! Get an additional entry for every 10 likes, comments and shares.

Task #2: Comment on our blog post and let us know your favorite part of the weekend you want to win!

Task #3: Share a photo taken in Asheville that captures the spirit of our local hometown! Share on your wall or tag us on Instagram (@reboldental) to get an additional entry for every 10 likes, comments and shares.

Task #4: Leave us a Google, Facebook or Yelp review!

Task #5: Refer a friend who needs a dentist in town!

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Your Dentist’s Guide to Primary (Baby) Teeth

The development of a smile is an important milestone for all people, and it often starts before you even celebrate your first birthday. Baby teeth are a normal phase in the early years, but they can sometimes cause mild discomfort for children or require extra care from adults.

Baby girl shows off her baby teeth in Asheville

We’ve run through all the variables that parents should be aware of when their children’s baby teeth begin to fall out so that you can feel prepared and can ensure the best oral health for your family.

The Basics of Baby Teeth

Children are born with 20 primary teeth present in their jaw, otherwise known as “baby teeth.” They begin to erupt, or push through the gums, between six months to one year after birth, and most children will have a full set by the time they are three years old.

Once primary teeth emerge, babies will experience sore and tender gums. This period of time is usually referred to as “teething.” A teething baby’s discomfort can be soothed by using wet gauze or a small, cold spoon. You can also give your child a clean teething ring to chew on. Sucking on a thumb or pacifier is alright as long as your child stops by the time they’re two years old.

Baby teeth are important to your child’s development. Besides helping a child chew and bite, baby teeth also prevent teeth from shifting too early, which will affect the way that adult teeth grow in later on. Primary teeth are also useful in properly developing your child’s speech as their tongue and lips touch the teeth, enabling them to pronounce words clearly. To ensure that your baby doesn’t lose their teeth too early, you should begin to take your child to the dentist six months after eruption—just another good reason to visit your local dental practice in Asheville.

Take good care of your child’s primary teeth by doing the following:

  • Encouraging them to brush daily with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Providing a healthy and nutritious diet.
  • Taking your baby to the dentist regularly, with their first appointment occuring by the time they turn one.
  • Showing them the right way to clean their teeth. You’ll be in charge of cleaning their teeth for the first couple of years of their life, so be sure to show them the right way that they should be brushing.

Losing Baby Teeth

Most children will begin to lose their primary teeth around the age of 6, after the teeth have been growing in for a couple of years. This is just an average and will vary from child to child, but you should be sure to visit your dentist right away if your child loses a tooth prematurely do to accident or tooth decay. The latter could indicate a more serious problem. Additionally, the premature loss of a primary tooth might not leave enough room for the permanent tooth to grow in.

Teeth usually fall out in the order in which they erupted, meaning that the two bottom front teeth will fall out first. The last of their primary teeth, which is usually the second molar, is often lost by the age of 12 or 13. One of the most challenging parts of dealing with baby teeth is the wait: a tooth can take days or even months to fall out once your child realizes that it’s loose. The more that your child wiggles the tooth, the faster it will fall out, and the sooner that a new tooth will begin to appear to take its place. If a new tooth hasn’t grown in after six months, take your child to see their dentist as they may refer you to an oral surgeon.

After a Tooth Falls Out

Whenever a tooth falls out, have your child garge some warm water, especially if there’s some bleeding. Child-friendly toothpaste can continue to be used but make sure that your child knows not to brush too hard where the tooth has fallen out.

After the loss of baby teeth, you should take the opportunity to reinforce the importance of good oral health routines with your children. This would include brushing twice per day at minimum, flossing at least once per day, and observing healthy eating habits. Stress the importance of avoiding sugary drinks like soda and other damaging food and beverages while teaching them the right ways to clean their teeth.

Conclusion

Teeth are a very important part of keeping good health, and it’s never too early to use the best practices. Baby teeth may not be permanent, but they are an important part of your child’s development. Make sure that your children have access to regular dental visits and gentle, fluoride toothpastes from the beginning so that their teeth are well taken care of. Regular visits starting early will also help your child overcome any fear they have of the dentist. If you are in the Asheville area and looking for a new dental practice to call home, contact us to request more information or set up an appointment. Our practice offers dentistry services for the whole family.

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A Dentist in Asheville is Giving Away a Cruise?

Cruise Giveaway

We care about our patients and the community!

Asheville is a smaller city. There is a sense of community and pride tied to where we live. Asheville residents and visitors alike love the mountains, the fresh air and the relaxed atmosphere that we foster.

That sense of pride in our community is just one of the reasons that the Rebol Family Dentistry team loves what we do. Since opening, maintaining relationships with the community and our patients has been a core goal. We care about our patients, their dental health and how they feel.

Our fondness of our patients has also lead us to provide more opportunities for fun at our office. We want to thank all our patients for supporting us. That’s why we’re giving away another trip. Even though the mountains are beautiful and Asheville is home, we all need to get away and relax every once in awhile.

This winter we’re announcing our “Beat the Winter Blue Cruise” giveaway. This trip is a way to say “thank you” to our patients for the loyalty, engagement and fun!

The giveaway will send two of our patients on a 3-night cruise from Charleston to the Bahamas. It will run from December 12, 2019 to February 28, 2019. Patients can enter in the office or by completing the four tasks that will periodically be posted to our social media.

Good luck and enjoy!

The winner will be awarded a $750 Carnival Cruise gift card that may be redeemed as the recipient wishes. To win, you must be a Rebol Family Dentistry Patient. Not a patient of ours, but need a dentist in town? Request an appointment here!

 

Tasks:

Taks #1:

Write on our Facebook wall and tell us why you and your plus one deserve the cruise.

You’ll get your name entered into the drawing once just for posting. If you want additional entries, share your post and get friends to like and comment. You’ll get an additional entry for every 10 likes or comments.

Task #2:

Post a meme to our Facebook wall that illustrates how you feel about winter right now. Tag us in the post and use #beatthewinterbluescruise. Get one entry for posting, and an additional entry for every 10 likes, comments or shares.

Task #3:

Stop by our office and take a selfie with our sign, our front door or one of our friendly staff members, then just post the selfie to social media and tag us! It’s easy!

Task #4:

Comment on this blog post with the answer to this question: If you win the cruise for two and could take one famous person along, who would it be and why?

Task #5:

Leave a Google review. Already left one? Comment on this blog and let us know and we’ll get you entered. Don’t have a Gmail account? Leave us a Facebook or Yelp review instead.

 

All tasks will continue to accumulate entries until the morning of the drawing. Get posting!

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How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

You may have heard this by now, but oral health is often described as the window to the rest of your body. Your oral health offers clues to the condition of the rest of your body, and issues in your mouth can affect the rest of your body as well–just in case you needed another great reason to see your dentist in Asheville.

Asheville dentist gives patient oral health advice

A person’s mouth is teeming with bacteria, most of which are harmless and kept under control with daily brushing and flossing. If proper hygiene is not maintained, the level of bacteria in a person’s mouth can reach dangerous highs, leading to possible infection, tooth decay or gum disease.

Certain diseases, such as HIV/AIDS or diabetes, can lower the body’s ability to fight infection, exacerbating oral health problems. Osteoporosis, a condition that causes the bones to become weak and brittle, may also be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.

Is Your Saliva Healthy?

Saliva is a great indicator of the health of a person’s mouth. A doctor can test saliva for various substances, including environmental toxins, illegal drugs, hormones, or antibodies that indicate HIV infection or hepatitis. Saliva also acts as a disabler to harmful bacteria and viruses.

Certain medications can reduce saliva flow, including antihistamines, painkillers, decongestants, antidepressants, and diuretics. Saliva is key in washing away food and neutralizing the acid produced by bacteria in a person’s mouth, which helps to protect it from a microbial overgrowth, which may lead to disease. You should talk with your dentist and inform them of any medications that you are on before or during a checkup.

Conditions Linked to Oral Health

Some common conditions are linked to oral health. A person’s oral health may contribute to these different conditions and diseases, including:

  • Endocarditis – an infection of the inner lining of your heart, endocarditis usually occurs when bacteria spread through the bloodstream from another area in the body, such as the mouth, and to the damaged areas in the heart
  • Cardiovascular Disease – scientists suggest that clogged arteries, heart disease, and stroke may be linked to oral bacteria and the inflammation or infections that it causes
  • Pregnancy/birth – research links periodontitis to premature birth and low birth weight

Eating disorders, head and neck cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren’s syndrome are just a couple of other conditions that may have a link to oral health. It’s important to tell your dentist if you are taking any medications or have experienced any changes in your health一especially a recent diagnosis一so that they can adjust treatment for these factors.

Protecting your oral health

There are easy steps that can be made to protect and preserve the health of your mouth and the rest of your body. Good oral hygiene is key, including:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice daily
  • Daily floss
  • A healthy diet and limited snacking
  • Replacing a toothbrush every three to four months, sooner if the bristles are coming apart
  • No tobacco use
  • Regular dental checkups

Your Mouth Is a Source of Infection

Without regular brushing and flossing to keep teeth clean, plaque will begin to build up along the gumline, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria. An infection in the gums is known as gingivitis, which can lead to periodontitis一a more serious gum infection一if a person isn’t careful. The most severe form of gum infection is acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, also called trench mouth.

While bacteria from your mouth won’t normally enter the bloodstream, invasive dental treatments or even routine brushing or flossing with a gum disease can open an entryway for the microbes. Certain medications or treatments that affect saliva can disrupt the normal bacterial balance in a person’s mouth.

After the immune system is compromised, oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and may cause infection elsewhere in the body. This is especially true in cases of long-term gum infection.

Conclusion

It’s pretty common knowledge that good oral hygiene is good for you, but you might not be aware of just how much of an effect it can have on a person’s body. The state of your oral health can be very indicative of the health of the rest of the body. Do your body a favor by staying on top of your oral hygiene and making regular visits with your dentist.

Rebol Family Dentistry is happily accepting new patients right now, contact us to request an appointment or give us a call for more information. We look forward to being the dental practice that you can trust.

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

Promotion for Harry Potter Wizarding World Contest

UPDATE: All three tasks have been completed and we have selected our winning wizard! Check out our Facebook page to see the entries and the winner! Also, comment on our Facebook wall, or on this post if you’d like us to make this contest an annual event!

 

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!

  1. Step 1: Like and follow us on social media to get updates about the contest
  2. Step 2: Complete task number 1 of our Tri-Wizard Tournament
  3. Step 3: Complete last number 2 of our Tri-Wizard Tournament
  4. Step 4: Complete task number 3 of our Tri-Wizard Tournament
  5. 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!

Task #1: 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.

Task #2: For this portion of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, match the Rebol staff to their Hogwarts Houses. Just copy the list of staff members below (no need to copy the entire status), paste it into a post that you post to OUR FACEBOOK PAGE and type the house selection beside the staff members’ names. Each of our staff will complete a “Sorting Hat” quiz to determine which house they belong to.

The house options are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

  • Dr. Rebol
  • Dr. Sparks
  • Taylor: Administrative Coordinator
  • Kristie: Front Office
  • Debbie: Insurance Coordinator
  • Arlene: Dental Assistant
  • Rebeca: Dental Assistant
  • Cindi: Dental Assistant
  • Tonya: Hygienist
  • Kelli: Hygienist
  • Kelly: Hygienist

 

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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!

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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.

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