Jack Bodie DDS

The End Is Near…Of The Insurance Year!

Greetings from the Office of Dr. Jack Bodie!
It’s that time of year again when folks with medical and dental insurance start thinking about how they should minimize their out-of-pocket expenses and maximize insurance benefits! It’s really unbelievable how many people let the end of the year go by, leaving thousands of benefit dollars unused! And what about Health Savings Accounts too? Why not use these benefits to head off a dental problem that’s only going to get more expensive as time goes by? Here’s more…..

Dental Insurance
Dental insurance plans have relatively low annual maximums, usually $1000-1500 year. But with most plans, you’ll have to spend about twice the benefit amount. In other words, to get the $1000, you’ll have to spend $2000 to get the $1000 in benefits, due to deductibles, excluded and limited services covered, and regional fee maximums. Unused benefits are lost forever after December 31st, with new benefits beginning January 1st, if the plan is not eliminated or changed. But hey! Any help is good help!

Health Savings Accounts and Medical Savings Accounts
Health Savings Accounts allow you to use pre-tax money to pay for medical, dental, vision and other health related expenses not covered by insurance. Medical Savings Accounts work the same way but are usually funded by employers. MSA funds must be used by year end each year or be lost, again, forever. HSA funds are allowed to accumulate tax free from year to year.

The Bottom Line
The bottom line is this: unused dental insurance benefits and MSA funds are lost forever after December 31st. Why anyone would ever allow free money to go up in smoke is beyond me! So, if you have these benefits remaining give us a call to see how we can help. Feel free to call 972 235 4767 or email us at BodieStaff@DrJackBodie.com and please check out our website at DrJackBodie.com for more details. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

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Is Dental Insurance Destroying Good Dentistry??

Greetings from the Office of Dr. Jack Bodie!

This may sound like a bit of a contradictory statement, but if you read on, you might just agree!

What’s happening now in dentistry is like what happened in medicine twenty years ago, regarding the way insurance companies pay for services. What happened is, the insurance companies found ways to cut costs by negotiating fees with hospitals and doctor groups. This eventually resulted in complicated formulas to determine fees paid by insurance plans for all medical services, depending on plan costs, plan benefits, doctor enrollment, age and health of enrollees, and many, many other factors.

The major difference between medical insurance and dental insurance is the maximum dollar benefit allowed annually. And the difference is huge! Most medical plans max out at around 2-3 million dollars, with most dental plans providing only $1000-$1500. So just think about that! Does $1000 buy much dentistry these days? The obvious answer is HECK NO! Maybe a couple of cleanings and a filling or two.

So, is dental insurance worth having? Well that answer is yes if someone else is paying for it (i.e. employer). Any help in paying dental bills is worth having. But is it critical like medical insurance? Another big NO! In fact, dental insurance reimbursements are extremely limited and totally dependent on what the purchaser paid for the plan.

Do we see good dental insurance plans? Sometimes we do, although it is rare now and becoming more so. Most dental plans cover only a percentage of treatment and are loaded with limitations. So how does this affect the quality of treatment? This is the real issue of this discussion!

Here is how it works in today’s insurance driven practice. The dentist(s) contracts with the insurance company and agrees to accept the “in network” fee schedule which discounts the dentist’s regular fees by 50-60%. Sounds like a great deal for consumer, right? Hold on! The dentist now must do three to four times as much dentistry to make ends meet financially. Guess what happens next? The list is long: less time with patients, doctors jumping from chair to chair, fewer appointments for treatment, more waiting time in the waiting room and dental chair for patients, rushed treatment that results in poor results, unnecessary treatment (over treatment), incomplete treatment (undertreatment), billing for services not performed, requiring warranties to guarantee replacement of defective treatment, stressed out staff and doctors, and the list goes on!

If you want an experienced dentist and staff, that will spend as much time with you as you like discussing treatment options or just chatting with you to make more comfortable, if you want to see happy faces loving their work, if you want great dentistry that looks great, feels good, lasts a long time, and is personally guaranteed, you should consider the office of Dr. Jack Bodie. And we will even help you with your insurance! Check out our website at DrJackBodie.com or call us at 972 235 4767 today!

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How Is Your Spit??

Greetings from the office of Dr. Jack Bodie!

An interesting question to be sure. One most people seldom if ever think about.  For dentists however, this is a very important question.  Now I’m sure you are beginning to wonder why in the world anyone would be concerned about this! Well, let’s think about that for a minute.

Spit (we call it saliva) is produced by glands in around our mouths. In young healthy individuals it is made in amounts sufficient to provide many benefits to our bodies. It aids in digestion. It keeps our lips, cheeks, tongues, and throats comfy. It allows us to taste and enjoy food. It helps us with speech. And, what would a kiss be without it! Yuck!

So you see, spit IS important to us all. And as dentists, we know that spit is truly the water of life for our teeth and gums. We know from research and experience that when a person’s spit goes away, it won’t be long before their teeth go away as well!

Now you may be asking yourself “Why should I worry? My spit seems fine.” Well, maybe, and maybe not. You see, the amount of spit you have changes with age, medical conditions, and with many medications.  Most adults begin to have significant reduction in spit volume in their 50’s and 60’s, continuing to decline throughout life. This also is the time in life when many begin to have medical conditions requiring medication.

The number of medications that cause dry mouth is staggering. Common medications to treat allergies, asthma, pain, high blood pressure, depression, sleep disorders, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, COPD, dieting, and many other disorders cause dry mouth. In our office, it is not uncommon to see patients taking five or more meds with this side effect.  Additionally scary is the fact that patients may have a 50% or more reduction in spit and be totally unaware of it!

What to do? Well fortunately, damage from not enough spit can be prevented and treated. If your dentist knows what meds you are taking and has been adequately trained, interceptive and preventive treatment can be started if diagnosis is made early.  And there’s the only catch. You’ve got to see a dentist!

If you are being medicated for the conditions listed above, or if you are taking medication that has dry mouth listed as a side effect, you may benefit from simple and inexpensive preventive treatment. An examination, x-rays, cleaning and consultation can cost as little as $149.00. If you have questions about dry mouth or would like to make an appointment, please call 972 235 4767 or e-mail us at BodieStaff@DrJackBodie.com.   We can’t wait to help!

Best Regards,

Dr. Jack Bodie

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Want Painless Dental Injections??

 

Greetings from the Office of Dr. Jack Bodie!

I don’t know about you, but my earliest memories of going to the dentist as a child were all about that shot in the mouth I was going to get! So, when I first went to dental school, I was determined to find a way to give painless injections. Although it has taken quite a few years to perfect the technique, it is possible to give a painless dental injection in most cases. Here are the details:

Topical Anesthetics

Nearly everyone has heard about these, the most common brand sold over-the-counter as “Oragel”.  These are typically benzocaine in relatively low dose and have only modest numbing effect. We use a specially compounded gel that results in profound numbing of the injection area if placed properly and left in place for 2-3 minutes. The key here is to make sure the injection site is dry and the gel covered with gauze to hold it in place.

Warmed Anesthetic

Warming the anesthetic solution to body temperature not only reduces painful sensations during injection, but also speeds numbing reducing waiting times.

Anesthetic Acidity

Certain formulations of local anesthetic drugs are more acidic and therefore cause more pain than others. We always use the least acidic formulations first, then others as needed once the site is numb.

New Needle Technology

This may sound unusual, but new designs and technology have resulted extremely fine needles that make injections more comfortable.

The Technique

This is the part that only experience can teach. And after 36 years in practice, I have found ways to give injections that are not only painless, but are extremely effective in quality and duration of anesthesia. The details are a little beyond the scope of this letter, but if you are really interested, I’d be happy to discuss details in my office.

If painful dental injections are keeping you away from the dentist, you should give us a call or visit our web site at DrJackBodie.com. We also offer mild and moderate sedation for nervous patients. We’d like to help!

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Jack Bodie DDS

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Dentistry Elder Patients Can Trust In

Greetings from the Office of Dr. Jack Bodie!

A large percentage of senior citizens do not have dental insurance and that typically means they do not visit the dentist for preventive care.   Some may be living with unnecessary dental pain because it may be more difficult for them to get to the dentist.   Trust is an important part of the relationship between an older patient and a dentist.  In our practice, we take the time to get to know all patients, and, in the case of older patients, much of that time focuses on getting to know them, their families, and any special needs they may have.

When we have an older patient, we take the time to explain how a few aspects of their age might affect their dental care.  We talk about their overall health and how it’s important to care for teeth and gums each day to avoid periodontal disease which is linked to cardiovascular disease.  Infections that start in the mouth can easily spread to other systems in the body, especially the lungs, so we emphasize good dental care to avoid unnecessary risk of illness.

We also inform older patients that their teeth may not be as sensitive as when they were young. They may not feel pain or discomfort in a familiar way if they get a cavity or small infection.   Because of this, regular visits for cleanings and examinations take on even more importance for the elderly.

We have extensive training and experience in treating senior patients. We will without charge contact these patient’s other doctors to make sure there are not any conditions or medicines that may affect their treatment. We know this is an important part of their care.

We know the importance of trust when working with senior citizens.  That‘s why we focus on the big picture.  Like all our patients, they need to know the importance of dental health for their age and how being diligent in caring for their teeth keeps them healthier.

If you have an elder family member or friend that needs senior dental care, please contact our office today at 972 235 4767. Visit our website at DrJackBodie.com for more information.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jack Bodie DDS

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DOC, CAN’T WE JUST PULL ‘EM?

Greetings from the office of Dr. Jack Bodie!

Even after 30 years of practicing dentistry, it still surprises me to hear patients ask this question. But many, many people still do. I think it may have something to do with the way things used to be.

There was a time long ago when the only solution to a tooth problem was to pull it. There were no true dental professionals and many barbers were trained to pull teeth. Eventually, dental schools were formed and the dental profession was born. Once dental researchers began to understand the nature of dental diseases, restoration of teeth and prevention of disease began to take place.

It would be many more years before dentists were available to most of the population. My guess is that my parent’s generation was the first to have access to affordable dental care. I think most people in this country  that are my age, probably had the chance to see a dentist as they were growing up, mainly because our parents knew the importance of keeping natural teeth they or their parents had lost.

Today, virtually everyone has a chance to see a dentist and enjoy the benefits of preventing dental disease. And the best part is that 99% of dental disease is preventable!

So, back to our discussion, years ago, most people would lose all or most of their teeth at some point in their lives. Today, it is possible for most people to keep all or most of their teeth for life! That’s a true paradigm shift!

So “Can we pull ‘em?” Why sure we can. And some do. And once they are gone, they are gone. Then it’s time for dentures. And what’s wrong with dentures you say? Well, current research tells us that over 85% of denture wearers had unrealistic expectations of what the dentures would be like when treatment started. I don’t know about you, but having 85% of your customers being dissatisfied with your service sounds terrifying to me!

The bottom line is this: Prevention is the key to keeping your teeth for life. Prevention starts at a very early age (2) and continues throughout life. Restoration is inexpensive at an early stage of disease. And most people can afford prevention and early restoration. There is only one catch to the deal: You have to go to the dentist!

If you have questions about whether or not a tooth should be pulled, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 972-235-4767 or e-mail us bodiestaff@drjackbodie.com. We’d like to help you.

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Just Wait Till It Hurts??

JUST WAIT TILL IT HURTS?

Greetings from the Office of Dr. Jack Bodie!

Well I thought after 36 years in dental practice that I had heard it all. But this one really surprised me. It just goes to show, we should never say never and that just about anything is possible.

This all began a few weeks ago when a patient came in for a consultation. We asked her if she would want to know about anything we could see that would cause her problems down the road. She said she would, so we completed our examination and began to discuss some of the issues she was facing. I could not help but notice her look of shock as I reviewed my findings with her. 

When all was done I got the line I had never heard in 36 years of practice. “My old dentist told me to “Just wait till it hurts.””. I almost fell out of my chair! I asked her if he really said this (in complete disbelief). She assured me it was true. I wanted to ask her who it was but quickly decided I was on the losing side of the discussion.

Now there may be some of you out there that believe the old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” applies to teeth. So let’s think about that for a minute. If a tooth does not hurt, does it mean it’s healthy? Would you believe me if I told you it is common knowledge among dental professionals that teeth can be severely decayed, broken, or worn down with zero pain? The fact is, we see teeth like this every day in the office!

The really sad thing about it is that virtually all dental disease can be prevented or treated inexpensively early on. And even worse, by the time it hurts, we’re talking big bucks to save the tooth, or, tooth loss and expensive tooth replacement!

But then it hit me! I think I finally realized why this dentist told my patient “Just wait till it hurts.” He wants more of her money!

If you’d like to save money and teeth, we can help. Just call 972 235 4767 or e-mail us atBodieStaff@DrJackBodie.com for an appointment today!

Best Regards,

Dr. Jack Bodie DDS

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Want Whiter Teeth?

WANT WHITER TEETH?

Greetings from the office of Dr. Jack Bodie!

Getting whiter teeth these days has never been easier. There are so many different products and techniques used to whiten teeth it has actually become confusing. Here is a brief description of the most common products available and some of the systems dentists are using to help you decide which is best for you.

OTC PRODUCTS

If you go to the pharmacy and head to the tooth care isle, you will find dozens of teeth whitening rinses, pastes, gels, strips and just about any type of applicator you can imagine to put these products on your teeth. They all contain hydrogen peroxide. These products work to varying degrees of success, but take much more time than professional products, and may not work well on dark teeth. Whitening toothpastes do very little whitening, but they do remove stains. Interestingly, we currently have a patient that has really white teeth that when asked how he got them so white said he has rinsed with hydrogen peroxide twice a day for the last ten years. This is probably the cheapest way to go if you don’t mind waiting a few years for the results!

PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS

New products only a dentist may use have made this process easier and more comfortable than ever before.   Tooth sensitivity, once a very big issue, can be virtually eliminated with the new tray products (although this is still an issue with one appointment whitening).

Basically, there are tray delivered products and one appointment products. The trays are custom made for the patient’s teeth and require several days of wear (usually10-14 days) before best results occur. One appointment whitening uses very strong hydrogen peroxide (35%) and is done in about 90 minutes in the dentist’s office.

Which is best you say? Well, we think the tray system is the best because of the cost of one appointment whitening and the high incidence of tooth sensitivity with these stronger peroxides.  

If you have questions about teeth whitening or would like to schedule a free consultation appointment, please call 972-235-4767 or e-mail us at bodiestaff@drjackbodie.com. Ask about whitening discounts for new patients when scheduling a cleaning!

Offer Valid through April 30,2017

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Don’t Put Off Dental Treatment Till Retirement!

Greetings from the office of Dr. Jack Bodie!
You must admit that it is difficult to engage any media these days without seeing some reference or advertisement to financial planning for retirement. The reason for this is the vast number of people nearing retirement. In fact, Pew Research estimates that 6,200 baby boomers will retire each day for the next nineteen years! Wow! Looks like the golf courses and cruise ships will be packed for years to come!
And really, it’s a good thing to take a close look at your financial picture long before you retire. It’s just one of those things that are important to sacrifice a little now for what’s important later on. All it takes is a little planning! So what has that got to do with teeth you ask? Well, more on that in a minute, but first a little background.
Any dentist will tell you, that there is a storm waiting for all of us as we age with regard to our teeth and gums. It is a combination of age related circumstances that can devastate our teeth and gums as we enter our 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and beyond. Some of things that affect our dental health as we age are:
1. Normal wear and tear (think cracks, old fillings, chipping)
2. Wear from grinding and clenching
3. Medications that cause dry mouth in an age group with already compromised salivary flow (due to normal ageing)
4. Decreased bone density due to ageing and a less effective immune system to defend against gum disease
5. Decreased ability to keep teeth clean due to arthritis and other physical limitations
So, what can we do to weather the storm? Well, the key really is to prepare for it. This means getting everything in order before the storm hits. And if you think about it, what makes more sense than to shore up your dental health in your 40’s and 50’s, when you are more likely to be employed, more likely to have insurance, and more able to easily tolerate necessary procedures. You’ll also give yourself a much better chance of avoiding dental emergencies and losing teeth!
One thing you’ll have to decide for sure is how important it is to have a comfortable “teeth retirement”. A question we often ask our patients is how much dentistry do you want done in your retirement years? The correct answer is none! And with technology available today, this is entirely possible.
If you’d like to see what it would take to get you ready for the storm, of if you‘re already there, we can definitely help. With over thirty years of experience, a new high tech facility, and an incredible staff, we are prepared to help you with simplest, or even the most complicated solutions. Just tell us what you want and we’ll do everything we can to help you get it! Call us at 972 235 4767 or e-mail us at BodieStaff@DrJackBodie.com for an appointment today. Ask about our new patient discounted package. It’s a great deal and a great way to see what we have to offer!

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Is There a Difference in the Walmart vs. Nordstrom Experience?

Want Walmart Dentistry or Nordstrom Dentistry?

You may have been to a dental office that looked great in advertisements, was convenient, or had a deal you couldn’t refuse, but that turned out to be not such a good deal after all. Maybe you had to wait for long periods of time in the chair, had trouble getting numb, extended periods of sensitivity after treatment, or just did not get the results you expected. If this is true for you, you are not alone!

You might ask yourself “How can this happen?” Unfortunately, these results are all too common, and there is an explanation, albeit a complicated one. So please read on with patience!

The Offices

These offices, which are large group or corporately owned, have business plans that are revenue driven vs patient centered. These offices use experienced non-dentist managers to dictate treatment plans based on revenue generation. Even the offices that do have dentists dictating treatment plans are heavily revenue/insurance driven, causing them to manipulate insurance codes, charge for procedures not done or for procedures more extensive than actually performed. Although these business practices are clearly unethical and illegal, there is little threat from authorities to prosecute. These offices usually have expert marketing plans, beautifully decorated offices, sometimes lower fees, and well trained managers that can sell!

The Dentists

Over the last thirty years the cost of dental education has exploded. Most dental graduates have student loan balances in excess of $300,000, many as much as $500,000! These graduates cannot afford to buy a practice or start independently. This, in combination with too many dental school graduates, provides a steady supply of young, inexperienced dentists needing employment. Guess where they end up working? And typically, working for 25% of the revenue they generate, usually in combination with a quota to reach this percentage. These dentists typically work at these clinics for short periods of time. This results in little to no continuity of care for the patients, and a revolving door of dentists with little concern over building long term relationships with patients or providing long lasting dentistry.

The Staffs

Because insurance driven practices must accept all fees (even the lowest), productivity must be high. This means crowded schedules and limited time for staff to spend time with patients. Dental cleanings are time limited, requiring staff to move patients more quickly through the office with obvious detriment to quality of services. Only senior level management are allowed to make policy, resulting in a disconnect between staff and patients. Staff at these offices have low pay, low morale, and little incentive please patients.

 

If you want great dentistry that lasts, you should find an experienced dentist you can trust. That always isn’t easy. But there are ways to tell if you’ve found the right dentist. Look for some of the following: 1. An office that is friendly and courteous on the phone and when first meeting. 2. An office that gives you as much time as you want to explain what is important to you. 3. An office where you see staff that looks and feels like they really enjoy working at the office (happy faces) 4. A doctor that listens to you 5. A doctor that gives you as much time as you want to discuss treatment alternatives or just visit and get to know you. 6. A doctor that will personally guarantee the quality and durability of his work

If you are interested in finding an office where honesty, happy faces, and great dentistry are the hallmarks, you should meet Dr. Bodie and the Staff. Try our new patient offer and get a regular cleaning, x-rays, fluoride treatment, photos, examination and unlimited consultation time all for only $149. If you have insurance, that’s all we’ll need. There is no commitment and second opinions are free. Check us out at DrJackBodie.com or call us at 972 235 4767. We can’t wait to meet you!

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