Category: Office News

A Dentist in Asheville is Giving Away a Cruise?

Cruise Giveaway

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!

 

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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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