Jack Bodie DDS

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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Invest In Yourself…

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INVESTING IN HEALTH

Greetings from the office of Dr. Jack Bodie!

Investing your money in the stock markets has been a little scary recently. But there is one investment you can make now that may be the best place to put your money! Also, the year end is drawing near and it’s time to think about money left in medical savings accounts (MSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) and dental benefits for those with insurance. There may be no better investment than investing in keeping your teeth for a lifetime!

There are so many good reasons for using these resources to improve or maintain dental health. Here’s the short list:

General Heath – Dental Health Connection

Recent research confirms that a number of dental conditions (especially gum disease and tooth loss), are directly related to poor overall (systemic) health. This has been validated repeatedly by carefully controlled studies too numerous to list. Unfortunately, the medical community seems oblivious to this, since we seldom hear of medical doctors referring patients to a dentist for treatment of gum disease (it is simple to diagnose). The really scary part is that 90% of adults over 35 show some signs of gum disease!

Treatment Costs Increase with Time

Like most businesses, the cost of doing business increases as supplies, rent, etc., go up over time. Dentistry is no exception, and fees usually go up each year to cover costs. Additionally, delaying treatment usually results in more treatment or more complicated treatment being necessary.

Dental Insurance

Dental insurers offer a fixed amount of benefits each year (usually $1000.00). As an employee, you are paying for this benefit, and if you don’t use it, you don’t get what you are paying for. And although you get new benefits each year, the benefits you did not use are lost forever!

HSA’s and MSA’s

Health and Medical Savings Accounts are tax free accounts that can be used for dental treatment. MSA money goes back to your employer if it is not used. Don’t let this money go up in smoke!

Missing Teeth Affects Health of Seniors

This is another no brainer the medical community has ignored. Research findings are very clear that tooth loss is detrimental to aging people’s health. Do you want a full set of natural teeth as you age? Or would you rather worry about being able to eat well at this time of your life?

If you would like to make a sound investment in your health, investing in dental health could be the best investment you can make these days. If you have questions about how you can invest in your dental future or you would like to make an appointment, please call 972 235 4767 or e-mail BodieStaff@DrJack Bodie.com. We’ll make sure your investment is in excellence.

Best Regards,

Dr. Jack Bodie

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Be The Kindness You Wish To See…

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THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS HERE!

It’s no surprise that our culture celebrates the Holiday Season so fervently. We hear Christmas songs on the radio and see lights going up everywhere, even before Thanksgiving. Everywhere you look there are signs of the season, and it seems that people just can’t wait for it all to happen.

Most of us look forward to some time off, spending time with our families, and the festivities that go along with the gatherings and celebrations. It really is a wonderful time of year……… for most of us.

What I’m saying is this. There are many, many people that won’t be able to enjoy the Holiday Season this year due to the economy and the staggering number of jobless. Additionally, illness, disability, those without family or overseas causes much difficulty this time of year. And because charities and food banks are having donation/funding reductions, help can be difficult to find for those in need.

So what can be done about this you say? Well, just look around! Although there are countless charities that will be happy to take money, clothes, cars, food and other donations, some would just as well benefit from a little of your time. Even a small act of kindness to a friend or neighbor would help make this a better Holiday Season.

As a resident of Richardson for most of my life, I think donating locally makes a lot of sense because there are so many in need that are so close to home. One of the many local charities we support and volunteer for is Network of Community Ministries.

NETWORK of Community Ministries, Inc., (www.thenetwork.org), founded in 1985, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization supported by businesses, individuals, and a coalition of religious, civic and social organizations. NETWORK officially opened its doors on February 3, 1986.  It provides health and emergency services to children, low-income families, and senior citizens in need within RISD. The mission is “caring, coaching, and empowering our neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life.”

So, we encourage all of you to help those in need by the way of your choosing to make this Holiday Season a little better for all of us. If you would like to help NCM, contact them at http://www.thenetwork.org/ or 972 234 8880. If you’d like to make an appointment in our office, call 972 235 4767 or e-mail us at BodieStaff@DrJackBodie.com. We can make your smile and your Holiday Season brighter!

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ENJOY GOOD DENTAL HEALTH IN SENIOR YEARS

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ENJOY GOOD DENTAL HEALTH IN SENIOR YEARS!

As we boomers continue to “grow up”, we in the dental profession increasingly see many patients nearing retirement age. People are living longer and enjoying later years in life more so than any previous generation. Many things change as we age, and things in the mouth are no exception.

The good habits of effective daily brushing, proper diet, use of fluorides, and regular dental cleanings are extremely important in managing the changing conditions of aging. Reduced salivary flow is commonplace for those over 50, and may be reduced by as much as 50% without being noticed by the patient. Most medications taken by this same age group cause an additional reduction in salivary flow leading to damaging dry mouth conditions.

Some of the changes in the teeth and gums may include teeth that darken due to long-term exposure to staining foods and drinks. The gums may recede and uncover the roots of teeth. Exposed roots can be worn down or grooved at the gum line, and can be sensitive or prone to decay.

“Dry Mouth” may develop. And this is a very serious threat to teeth and gums. Saliva is the “lifeblood” of teeth and gums. Healthy salivary flow provides nutrients and protective substances to the teeth and gums. Although these changes may take place very slowly and may not be recognized, dry mouth can be devastating. Flow may also be reduced by medical disorders and medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, high blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and others.

Plaque build-up associated with dry mouth can accelerate tooth decay and gum disease. Gum infection causes loss of bone support for the teeth and loss of teeth. Poorly-fitting or poorly-cleaned dentures, medical conditions (diabetes) and many medications increase the severity of the problem.

Fortunately, there are many simple, inexpensive, and extremely effective things that can be done to prevent dental problems associated with aging. The key to prevention of these conditions is regular dental care in our middle age years. Our office has had extensive training and experience in dealing with these issues. Many times, all that is necessary is a no fee consultation with your medical doctor.

For more information regarding dental problems of the elderly or more importantly, ways to prevent them, please call our office at (972)235-4767 or email us at bodiestaff@drjackbodie.com today.

 

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A Better Bite Equals Better Balance

Barcelona, SP- A pair of recent studies conducted by the University of Barcelona and University of Innsbruck has determined that there is a direct link between one’s balance and posture and the straightness of their teeth. Malocclusions, including bad bites (overbites, underbites, and crossbites) crowding, and crooked teeth have been shown to negatively affect balance in physically active individuals – especially when they’re already tired.

The first of two studies followed ten physically active adults and tested their balance and coordination before and after moderate exercise. The subjects were evaluated based on which type of malocclusions they have, and whether or not they’d received orthodontic treatment for those malocclusions. Those with orthodontic corrections performed below those who required no orthodontic treatment.

The second study was conducted under the same conditions (physically active adults, immediately following moderate exercise), however, unlike the first study, the subjects had untreated malocclusions versus treated malocclusions. In this study, the subjects who had received prior orthodontic treatment performed better than those with crooked teeth, crowding, and bad bites, and had not received any orthodontic treatment.

The study concluded that to improve athletic performance, athletes should consider orthodontic treatment if malocclusions are present. Correcting a bad bite was also determined to improve overall body posture in those treated. The findings also indicated that the negative effects of crooked teeth on one’s balance were found to be worse on those who are fatigued, or who have physical conditions that negatively affect balance to begin with – such as obesity.

These results are thought to be due to a link between the trigeminal nerve (the nerve which allows us to chew food) and the vestibular nerve, which is responsible for balance control. Dentist Dr. Jack Bodie of Richardson, TX suggests speaking with your dentist to see if you’d benefit from orthodontic treatment. “This study confirms that oral health care affects far more body systems than just the mouth,” said Bodie. While the study also noted that the difference in balance would probably not be noticeable to the average person, according to Dr. Bodie, “orthodontic treatment is still a wise investment in your overall health. Improved balance is just one more added plus to having a beautiful, healthy smile.”