Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth

by Alison

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Orthodontics can be very important to the long term health of the teeth and the overall well-being of a person.

There are several reasons one may decide orthodontic treatment is right for them or a family member.  Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth!

Children should have their first orthodontic visit by the age of seven. At that time the child may not be ready to begin treatment; however, the orthodontist can evaluate for future indications for treatment and determine if any preventative treatments are indicated at that time.

Such as:

If a child has an oral habit, such as sucking their thumb, the orthodontist can prescribe an appliance that can assist in discontinuing the habit. The appliance would be placed in the mouth to stay until the habit has stopped.

Adolescents and adults may have issues with grinding or clenching their teeth which can cause jaw pain. This pain is also referred to as TMD (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction). The pain is often caused by tense or tight muscles in the jaw and may be in conjunction with jaw joint noises when opening. A night guard can be made to prevent the teeth from touching and thereby reduce the tightness of the involved jaw muscles.

Malocclusion is when the bite of the lower and upper arches are not aligned. An overbite is when the upper teeth appear to protrude in front of  the lower teeth when biting down. An underbite is when the lower teeth and/ or jaw protrudes out in front of the upper teeth. Both of these issues require braces for the best possible long term correction. Some examples of what can be affected by teeth not fitting together properly when biting down are:

  • Teeth can become worn down or broken by the way the opposing teeth touch. By fixing the bite early, more complicated and expensive dental procedures may be avoided.
  • Eating may be difficult with some bites. Biting into some foods may even be impossible to do or cause pain if attempted. Fixing the bite can improve a person’s self-esteem and confidence level by not having to be cautious of these foods any longer.

Crowding of the teeth is when the teeth are not aligned properly in the mouth. For example, teeth may overlap, be rotated, or may not have room to come in the mouth completely. When teeth are crowded it can make flossing and proper brushing technique difficult, thereby increasing the likelihood of future cavities and expensive, time-consuming filings.

When a patient is not happy with their smile it can affect their confidence level. They may not smile because they don’t want to show others their teeth. This lack of confidence can negatively affect a person’s daily life and well-being.

So, as you can see, the appropriate timing of orthodontic treatment can affect more than just an improved appearance of the teeth!

Events coming up:

Drs. Reid & Reid and staff are proud to be a sponsor for these upcoming community events-

Kids PB&J Run-April

Gnar(Kids Adventure Race)-May

Family Mud Fun

We are also proud to be sponsors of Henderson County Youth Baseball and Henderson County Youth Softball

In May we will be celebrating 11 years of serving Henderson County and the surrounding area. To show our patients how much we appreciate them we will be giving out a free ice cream coupon from Kilwins to all current patients.

Thank you for your continued support! We are looking forward to many more years!









Toddlers and infants should see a pediatric dentist

by Alison

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Pediatric Dentist have special training to treat toddlers/infants

There are several advantages for a child  to see a pediatric dentist in comparison to a general dentist. A pediatric dentist has received additional training that a general dentist has not. A pediatric dentist will be able to spot a problem with developing teeth and has special abilities to address any issues in the baby teeth. Pediatric dentists also have had special training to deal with any challenging behavior issues that children may have.  For example, a pediatric dentist may be able to sedate a young child to address a dental issue.

A pediatric dentist has four years of dental school and two additional years of residency for infants, children, teens, and children with special needs.


When you see teeth start to appear in the mouth, it is time to see the Pediatric Dentist!

It is important for a young child to see a pediatric dentist just as they would see a pediatrician. The first visit with the pediatric dentist should take place when the first tooth is coming in the mouth, but no later than one year old. The pediatric dentist will discuss the importance of proper oral hygiene for the child and review healthy dietary habits. For example, the gums of a young child should be washed/cleaned with a wet cloth until teeth start to erupt in order to help keep the mouth clean. Once the teeth begin to erupt, a small amount of toothpaste without fluoride and a soft toothbrush should be used to clean the teeth.  The reason for using non-fluoridated toothpaste is that at young ages a child is unable to spit out excess toothpaste and this could lead to ingesting the fluoride.

The pediatric dentist will also advise on some healthy habits to start and unhealthy habits to avoid. Brushing and flossing are important parts of maintaining healthy teeth for life. It is easier to introduce good habits such as brushing and flossing on a daily basis with young children. When a child is introduced to a brushing and flossing routine, good oral health will become second nature to them. Bad habits can also be avoided by knowing what the consequences are. For example, letting a baby go to bed with a bottle can cause extensive cavities and infections in the teeth.  In addition, a prolonged thumb habit can cause the front teeth to protrude(stick out).  The proper development of a child’s teeth are linked to both the oral health routine and the dietary habits.  A pediatric dentist is the most qualified to help a parent and child understand what is needed to keep a child’s teeth healthy for life.



Oral Hygeine is important during Orthodontic treatment

by Alison

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At Reid & Reid Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics we want our patients to have a positive and healthy dental/orthodontic experience. We are excited to have the opportunity to educate our patients in proper oral care and to help prevent future dental problems.

On the orthodontic side, Dr. Alison has recently partnered with Oral-B to participate in a program called Embrace-It. Through this program every new patient that begins full treatment receives an electric toothbrush and is supplied with toothbrush heads that are specific to brushing with orthodontic appliances.

When the orthodontic appliances are placed, the assistant gives the patient extensive instructions on oral hygiene with the braces. The patient is given a demonstration on the proper use of the toothbrush to ensure proper use at home. Examples of different levels of oral hygiene are shown, explained, and given to patients so they have a reference to use at home when caring for their teeth. The use of super floss is demonstrated as well as provided for patients. Flossing does take longer and is slightly more difficult with braces so we want to provide patients with convenient methods to maintain/establish an effective oral health routine.

We continue to help patients with their oral health routine throughout orthodontic treatment.  Each orthodontic adjustment appointments gives us the opportunity to evaluate the patient’s oral hygiene and to determine any areas of concern. When applicable, areas of concern are pointed out to the patient and proper brushing technique is reinforced. Patients may have difficulty adjusting to the care of braces and these regular appointments give us a great chance to educate and reinforce proper home care. The patient is given a “score sheet” with their oral hygiene score, indications for areas that need more attention, and home care instructions or recommendations.

Our patients that are in full orthodontic treatment are enrolled in a point system where patients earn points that are converted  into gift certificate dollars. At each regularly scheduled orthodontic appointment, the patient’s oral hygiene is evaluated and graded. Points are earned if hygiene is excellent or good, all brackets are still bonded, and if the office T-shirt is worn as the patient’s shirt of the day. The gift certificates that we have available to patients are from Old Navy, Target, Wal-Mart, and Epic Theatre. The point system helps to encourage patients to take responsibility of their teeth with positive reinforcement.

At Reid & Reid we are concerned not only with the orthodontic result, but the entire overall dental health of our patients.   We appreciate the trust our patients place in us and will continue to do what we can to ensure our patients have a positive experience.


Coming Up:

Reid & Reid is excited to be sponsors for the Flat Rock YouTheatre Winter Festival running in December.  Both the Flat Rock YouTheatre website and the Flat Rock Playhouse website have more information.



Fun and Interesting Orthodontic and Dental Facts

by Alison

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Orthodontic Facts:

An orthodontist needs 4 yrs of college, 4 yrs of dental school, and 2-3 yrs of postgraduate study in orthodontics before they can be considered a specialist in orthodontics.

A child should have their first orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7.

The first braces were constructed by Pierre Fauchard in 1728. The braces consisted of a flat strip of metal, which was connected to the teeth by pieces of tan thread.

Orthodontic bands were invented by Schange in 1841. They consisted of a strip of metal and a screw used to adjust the size of the band.

Orthodontic brackets, more similar to what is used today, were invented by Edward Angle in 1915.

The first certified orthodontist in the US was Charles Tweed, who devoted himself to this area of study for 42 yrs.

An estimated 1 million Americans over the age of 18 have decided on orthodontic care to straighten their teeth.

Dental Facts:

Right handed people chew more on their right side and left handed people more so on their left side.

Identical twins have similar tooth developmental patterns. If one twin has a tooth that is slow to erupt then it is likely that the other twin will have the same tooth erupt slowly.

Snoring can be accentuated by the shape and size of your mouth.  If the roof of your mouth is narrow you are likely to snore because the tongue placement may decrease the amount of oxygen that can pass through.

Coming Up at Reid & Reid:

Drs. Reid & Reid are excited to be involved with the Henderson County Parks and Recreation soccer league this fall.  Reid & Reid are Sportsmanship Sponsors for the season with banner placement at Jackson Park to help remind players and spectators how important good sportsmanship is to a successful season.




Toothpaste! And More Toothpaste!

by Alison

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The number of different kinds of toothpastes has increased so much over the years that finding the right toothpaste for you and your family may be overwhelming.  Here is some information about the different kinds available to help you make an easier choice.

The basic ingredients in all toothpastes is fluoride, water, foaming agent, abrasive substance, and a flavor.

Fluoride is the most important ingredient in toothpaste. Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay, helps to protect teeth from acid after eating sugar and starches, strengthens enamel, and reverses the early stages of demineralization of the enamel.

Whitening toothpaste contains an abrasive component and/ or enzymes to remove the surface stains from the teeth.  When the toothpaste is used twice a day, it will take two to four weeks to notice a change in the tooth color.  Due to the abrasive component, whitening toothpastes can actually decrease the amount of the enamel on the teeth.  Therefore the use of whitening toothpaste should be limited and not routinely used.  Please consult Dr. A or Dr. R if you have questions.

Herbal or natural toothpaste does not contain dyes or artificial flavors. The common ingredients are baking soda, aloe, eucalyptus oil, myrrh, and plant extract.

Tartar control toothpaste can help to prevent the accumulation of tartar. Tartar can not be removed by toothpaste, but rather the formation of tartar should be prevented by regular flossing and brushing. If the accumulation of tartar occurs it will need to be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist with dental instruments.  The most effective brands contain multiple anti-plaque agents.

Sensitive teeth toothpaste works by blocking pathways through the teeth that attach to nerves inside the teeth. The paste contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride for effectiveness and is deposited in the enamel with regular brushing. It may take four weeks to notice relief from the sensitivity.

Fun Toothpaste Facts:

The color bar on the bottom of the tube has a meaning concerning compound.

  • Green: Natural
  • Blue: Natural and medicine
  • Red: Natural and chemical composition
  • Black: Pure chemical

Fluoride was first seen in the 1890’s as calcium fluoride.

When choosing a toothpaste:

  • Look for the ADA accepted seal
  • Do Not buy any made in China (may contain a toxic substance)
  • As long as it has fluoride…choose the toothpaste you like the best
  • Brush at least two times a day for two minutes per time





Preventative Dentistry Saves Time & Money

by Alison

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Preventative dental care can save you time and money.

With today’s busy schedule we often forget to take care of things until a large issue presents itself; and dental care can be the same way. Routine cleanings and examinations often fall to the “back burner” until a tooth ache presents discomfort that must be urgently taken care of. When you or your child’s teeth are maintained on a regular basis, then  more painful and costly dental “surprises” can be avoided.

Some preventative measures that will help maintain your teeth are regular dental examinations, dental cleanings, x-rays, and topical fluoride every 6-7 months.  In addition, sealants can be placed on the newly erupted permanent molars to prevent cavities in the chewing surface.

Dental Examinations

A child’s first examination should be when the first tooth has began erupting or no later than twelve months of age. During this examination the developing teeth and bite will be evaluated. Early diagnosis of developing bite problems can allow for helpful interventions that prevent a more challenging bite problem later.  Early detection and treatment of dental problems or bite problems will improve a child’s oral health, general health, and well being.

Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings  include the dentist or hygienist scaling and polishing the teeth. During the process plaque and tartar (hardened deposits) are removed which helps to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Even with proper at home brushing and flossing there is  development of tartar. These tartar deposits cannot be removed without the proper dental instruments.


X-rays or radiographs are used for multiple reasons. There are instances that issues within the mouth cannot be seen with the naked eye. Some of these are hidden dental structures, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, or cavities.  The ability to diagnosis and treat these issues within a timely manner is very important for maintaining good dental health and personal wellbeing. Fortunately, the dosage of radiation is very small, and is equivalent to a few days of everyday environmental radiation exposure which can be further reduced by the patient wearing a special lead apron.


Fluoride reduces the rate of tooth enamel demineralization and increases the rate of remineralization of teeth at early stages of cavities. Fluoride is placed on all surfaces of the teeth topically to assist in preventing tooth decay. In the office you will find fluoride in the form of a gel or a varnish.


Sealants are placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. A sealant is a tooth colored material that forms a protective barrier covering the grooves and depressions of the chewing surfaces. Sealants tend to last for a number of years depending on your chewing pattern and diet. The sealants will need to be checked at all regular dental appointments to make sure they are intact. Sealants have been proven to be very effective at preventing cavities from forming on the biting surface of the molars resulting in a decreased chance of needing a cavity filled that will cost more than 3x the sealant!

*Coming Up At Reid and Reid*

We are proud to announce we are celebrating our tenth year serving Henderson County and the surrounding areas!!! It has been a pleasure and an honor to be apart of such a wonderful community!!! To celebrate we are giving our current patients a free ice cream coupon from Kilwin’s and a chance to win a hundred dollar Amazon giftcard.  Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to ten more years!

In May…

Reid & Reid is sponsoring the PB&J 5K, the GNAR, and Family Mud Fun. All of these events will be fun for the entire family and a great way to get outside and be active. Let’s enjoy the sun, warm weather, and family with these great community events.


Later in May…

Reid & Reid is excited to be a part of a fundraiser to benefit the Children & Family Resource Center.  The Marvelous Mom’s Night Our will be 5/29 at Burnshirt Vineyard and promises to be a great time for mom’s of all ages.


Primary teeth and Permanent teeth

by Alison

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Many of you may be asking yourself “What is the difference in taking my child to a pediatric dentist versus a general dentist?” A pediatric dentist has completed additional training and school for the specific needs of treating children. This means that a pediatric dentist is better prepared to form a more specialized treatment plan for the pediatric or adolescent patient. In addition, a pediatric dentist has an office that is equipped to take care of children’s needs and any apprehension that may occur.

Primary teeth versus Permanent teeth

There are two sets of teeth that one will have during a lifetime:  Primary teeth and Permanent teeth. Primary teeth typically start to appear at the age of seven months usually beginning with the lower front central incisors. The first permanent teeth will appear in the mouth around the age of six years with the first permanent molars.

Fun facts about primary teeth and permanent teeth:

-A typical child’s mouth will have 20 primary teeth.

-A typical adult’s mouth will have 32 permanent teeth (including third molars/wisdom teeth)

-Primary teeth are usually whiter in color than permanent teeth. This is because the enamel on permanent teeth are more mineralized giving them a yellow tint.

-Permanent teeth are usually smaller in diameter than primary teeth

Upcoming events:

Reid & Reid are excited to be involved with sponsoring the following community events and/ or activities:

PB&J 5K and Fun Run organized by the Junior Women’s Club of Hendersonville

Family Mud Fun to benefit Hands On! Children’s Museum

Henderson County Youth Baseball and Youth Softball teams








by Alison

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Flossing is an essential but often overlooked part of good oral hygiene!!!

Flossing is important to prevent periodontal disease and tooth loss. Flossing isn’t necessarily about removing food stuck between your teeth as much as removing plaque. Flossing is the only effective way to remove plaque between teeth.

How to Floss:

  1. Start with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of it around the middle finder of one hand, the rest around the other middle finger.
  2. Grasp the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, use a shoeshine motion to guide it between teeth.
  3. When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C shape to follow the contours of the tooth.
  4. Hold the floss firmly against the tooth, and move the floss up and down .
  5. Repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth, “unspooling” fresh sections of floss as you go.

If you don’t floss you allow plaque to remain in between teeth and it eventually hardens into tartar. Unlike plaque, tartar will not be removed by brushing, tartar can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist.

Overtime, the levels of dangerous types of bacteria build up within tartar. The bacteria contains toxins that will irritate and inflame the gums. The inflammation is known as gingivitis.

When you do floss, if you haven’t in a while, you will likely have some bleeding from the gums. This is a normal part of the healing process and with continuing effort and flossing will resolve in 10-14 days.

Sweet Treats 🙂

Lovin’ Spoonfuls


  • White chocolate
  • Small candies
  • Plastic spoons
  • Lollipop bags


  1. Arrange the plastic spoons so that their bowls are level
  2. For every 8 spoons, melt 6oz of white chocolate in microwave-safe bowl according to package directions
  3. Transfer the chocolate to a ziplock bag and snip a corner
  4. Pipe the chocolate into each spoon and gently tap the spoons on work surface to level the chocolate. Sprinkle small candies, such as conversation hearts, red hots, or sprinkles on top
  5. Let cool completely and wrap

These can also be used as a coffee or a hot chocolate stir as well as a sweet treat! 🙂


Coming up at Reid & Reid

February is National Dental Health Month!  Dr. Richard is continuing his rounds of  some of the county elementary schools to educate the children of the importance of oral hygiene . The following are the dates and schools where Dr. Richard will be this month.

  • 7th-Atkinson, Upward, Immaculata, and Hendersonville
  • 14th-Sugarloaf, Bruce Drysdale
  • 21st- Saluda, Mountain Community, and Mills River
  • 28th-Clear Creek, Edneyville

Coming up this spring, Reid & Reid will be sponsoring a number of events or sports teams that benefit the children in Henderson County.

  • Reid & Reid will be sponsoring a 5K run and 1 mile fun run on March 29th to benefit Upward Elementary.
  • Henderson County Youth Baseball and Softball is starting up for the spring season and Reid & Reid is a proud sponsor  of one softball and one baseball team this year.
  • Reid & Reid will be sponsoring the Mtn. Expos travel baseball team for the spring season.


















by Alison

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Retainers are an important part of maintaining your orthodontic result for life!

Each orthodontic retainer is a custom made device.  Retainers  can be made of wires, plastic, and acrylic.

There are three types of retainers used in our office.  Hawley, Essix, or Fixed Retainers.

-The Hawley retainer is made of a metal wire that surrounds the anterior teeth to keep them in place while acrylic is in the palate of the mouth.  The acrylic provides tooth stability from the palate position.  An advantage of this retainer is that it can be adjusted for a continued fit as permanent teeth erupt and primary teeth fall out.

-The Essix retainer is a vacuum formed retainer made out of a polypropylene material.  This is a clear material that is “plastic like”. The plastic covers the biting surface of the teeth which can be a benefit for patients that grind or clench their teeth.  Another advantage of this retainer is tight control and stabilization of teeth after orthodontic treatment.

-A fixed retainer is a wire bonded to the tongue-side of the anterior teeth.  This retainer is used in conjunction with the Essix retainer.  If a fixed retainer is not properly maintained and monitored by an orthodontist, relapse (teeth moving back to a pre-braces position) can occur.  In addition, fixed retainers still require adjustments in diet and flossing by the patient in order to be maintained.

The retention phase is the last but critical component of orthodontic treatment.  Proper wear of the retainers, as your orthodontist has advised, is crucial to obtaining initial tooth stability and maintaining the wonderful result of orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Alison’s patients are scheduled to wear retainers:

-All day and night for 6 months: 20 hours out of a 24 hour day

-At night for 2 years: 10 hours per night

-Periodically for life to maintain teeth alignment: 3-4 nights per week initially which can decrease to once per week over time

Sweet Treats! 🙂

Hot Dogs on a Stick

1 package(16 oz) Hot Dogs

1 can(11 oz) refrigerated soft bread stick dough

Preheat greased skillet or prepare campfire. Insert a 10-inch wooden skewer into one end of each hot dog until the skewer reaches the opposite end. Wrap the exposed end of the skewer in aluminum foil.

Unroll bread sticks, separate into strips. Wrap one bread stick around each got dog, in a spiral fashion. Place on grill grate over med-low heat or hold over campfire.

Cook 8-10 min, or until the hot dog is cooked through and the dough is golden brown, turning frequently.

Events at Reid and Reid:

During the month of February, Dr. Richard will be visiting many of the Henderson County schools  for Dental Health Month. During his visit in the schools he will be educating the students while establishing a positive relationship with dental care.

Thank you to all of our patients who participated in our “How much sugar” contest! The correct  guess (listed from item with least amount of sugar to item with the most):

Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp–> Whole grain peanut butter crackers–>Chewy granola bar-Fruit by the Foot–>Peanut M&M’s-Butterfinger Snackerz




Headgear: Not As Bad As You May Have Heard

by Alison

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Headgear is not the horrible, scary “punishment” that it has been made out to be in the 1980’s movies. So if Dr. Alison tells you that headgear is needed during your treatment, do not panic. You will not have to wear the appliance to school!

Headgear is an orthodontic appliance that attaches to dental braces or a palate expander to correct bite problems. Headgear helps to control the growth of the maxillary jaw bone during orthodontic treatment.

Headgear can be used to correct an overbite, overjet, underbites, and to make space for teeth to come in. The optimal amount of time to wear the headgear is 10-12 hours a day. The minimum of 10 hours should be a continuous 10 hours every night and the consistency of nightly wear is very important.

Orthodontic headgear typically has three components:

– Facebow: metal arch that slides into tubes on bands on the first permanent molars

– Strap: a fabric strap that fits around the cap of the head or around the back of the neck

– Frame:  a metal framework that elastics attach to used in underbite correction

– Safety Modules: connect the facebow and headcap/ neckstrap together. They are pressure sensitive to be sure that the correct force is used when attaching headgear to the bands.


Please feel free to ask if you have any questions about headgear.  Below is a wonderful example of what headgear can do!


History of Orthodontics and dental care

1728- first book to discuss methods to straighten teeth

1885- mass-production of toothbrushes

1901- first school of orthodontics established

1915- headgear invented by Max Kadesky


Sweet Smiles 🙂

Mini Pumpkin Tarts


3 packages (15 tarts each) prebaked frozen mini pastry shells         1 (15 oz) can Pumpkin

2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed                                                 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 (3.4 oz) pack cheesecake flavor instant pudding

1. Remove the shells from the freezer and let them thaw at room temp. for 15 minutes

2. Combine the pumpkin, whipped topping, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl, whisking until smooth. Add the pudding mix and whisk until smooth and thick.

3. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling into each of the shells, then top the tarts with whipped topping.

Fun in the office!!!

Pepper the pumpkin has came and gone for the fall. Thank you to all of our patients that participated in the guessing of Pepper’s weight. We had a wonderful amount of guesses. The exact weight of Pepper was 142.8 lbs!

Coming up in December we will have a sugar quantity contest. Be sure to come in and place your guess to be entered for a $50 giftcard!