When protecting your teeth for a lifetime – it’s not just sugary cakes and candies you need to worry about. What you DRINK plays a huge role in the health of your mouth!

Many things that we all drink today – energy drinks, coffee or lattes, sodas, juices, lemon water, carbonated beverages, seltzer water – are LOADED with sugar and/or acids.  These drinks can cause cavities and loss of enamel (the hard protective outer layer of your tooth that you want to keep!)

A few tips:

  1. The majority of what you drink each day should be plain water.  Aim for at least half your body weight in ounces of water consumed per day.
  2. People are surprised to learn that many of your favorite bottled waters are actually acidic and can be hard on your teeth! Reach for alkaline bottled water or tap water instead.
  3. Don’t sip on your drinks (besides water, of course) all day long. If you are going to have the occasional soda or juice – drink it in one sitting, ideally with a meal.
  4. After the occasional sugary or acidic beverage – wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.  Brushing right away can actually cause MORE damage – by scrubbing the acid into your teeth and scrubbing away your weakened enamel.

Next time you’re craving a sweet drink opt for Kombucha (3-10 grams of sugar) or Coconut water (.4 grams of sugar)!


We had a wonderful Open House and want to send a sincere THANK YOU to our patients, colleagues, and friends for attending the event and celebrating with us.

Thank you also to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

As you can see from these pictures – those are some serious scissors!

We love being a part of this community and are grateful to everyone for your support. We can’t wait to celebrate many more years here serving you all!

On Saturday, October 6, 2018 Dr. Planer participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) One Walk in Asheville.  Type 1 diabetes is an incurable autoimmune disease where the pancreas produces little to no insulin.  Insulin is what converts sugar to energy in your body – so insulin is extremely important and consequences can be severe without it!

Once you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, insulin injections become a part of your everyday life.  There are multiple types of insulin therapy – one of which is a 24-hour insulin that you inject before bed each night.  This is called “Basal insulin” which will sustain you during the day.  Others need multiple insulin injections throughout the day to maintain an optimal blood sugar level.

While type 1 diabetes currently cannot be prevented or cured, there are exciting breakthroughs happening through research, technology, and the hard work of individuals committed to making a difference for those affected by the disease.  JDRF has a goal to create a world without type 1 diabetes.  Visit their website to learn more: https://www.jdrf.org/

Dr. Planer and her husband, Dr. Christopher Planer were happy to support colleagues and friends through this event!



A message from Dr. Terri Meinhold:

Thank you for your trust and confidence in allowing me to provide your dental care through the years. It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my transition out of private dental practice.

I am pleased to introduce Jessica O. Planer, DDS, who will establish a new practice named Arden Premier Dentistry at this location. Originally from Raleigh, Dr. Planer graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Planer moved to Asheville in 2011 to complete her residency at the MAHEC Dental Health Center. She and her husband, Chris, fell in love with our area and decided to make it their home.

Dr. Planer is highly skilled and I feel confident that she will continue to provide you and your family with the same gentle, high quality dental care that you are used to receiving. The same friendly and caring staff will continue to serve you.

A message from Dr. Jessica Planer:

Thank you for the opportunity to continue to provide the excellent dental care services that Dr. Meinhold has established. I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition to our new practice named Arden Premier Dentistry.

Previously, I worked for the MAHEC Dental Health Center both caring for patients and teaching dental residents. I love what I get to do each day. My favorite part of being a dentist is getting to know each one of you on a personal level. In my spare time I liked to be outdoors, stay active, and try out healthy recipes in the kitchen. I look forward to getting to know you and your family and providing your dental care needs.