Jack Bodie DDS

Think Oral Health and Overall Health Are Related??

Middle-aged tooth loss linked to increased coronary heart disease risk
American Heart Association
NEW ORLEANS, March 21, 2018 — Losing two or more teeth in middle age is associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions 2018, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in population based cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.
Studies have shown that dental health problems, such as periodontal disease and tooth loss, are related to inflammation, diabetes, smoking and consuming less healthy diets, according to study author Lu Qi, M.D., Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at Tulane University in New Orleans.
“Previous research has also found that dental health issues are associated with elevated risk of cardiovascular disease,” Qi said. “However, most of that research looked at cumulative tooth loss over a lifetime, which often includes teeth lost in childhood due to cavities, trauma and orthodontics. Tooth loss in middle age is more likely related to inflammation, but it hasn’t been clear how this later-in-life tooth loss might influence cardiovascular disease risk.”
In a collaborative research effort between Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Qi and colleagues analyzed the impact of tooth loss in large studies of adults, aged 45 to 69 years, in which participants had reported on the numbers of natural teeth they had, then in a follow-up questionnaire, reported recent tooth loss. Adults in this analysis didn’t have cardiovascular disease when the studies began. The researchers prospectively studied the occurrence of tooth loss during an eight-year period and followed an incidence of cardiovascular disease among people with no tooth loss, one tooth lost and two or more teeth lost over 12-18 years.
They found:
⦁ Among the adults with 25 to 32 natural teeth at the study’s start, those who lost two or more teeth had a 23 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to those with no tooth loss.
⦁ The increased risk occurred regardless of reported diet quality, physical activity, body weight and other cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
⦁ There wasn’t a notable increase in cardiovascular disease risk among those who reported losing one tooth during the study period.
⦁ Cardiovascular disease risk among all the participants (regardless of the number of natural teeth at the study’s start) increased 16 percent among those losing two or more teeth during the study period, compared to those who didn’t lose any teeth.
⦁ Adults with less than 17 natural teeth, versus 25 to 32, at the study’s start, were 25 percent more likely to have cardiovascular disease.
“In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in recent past could be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease,” Qi said. “That’s regardless of the number of natural teeth a person has as a middle-aged adult, or whether they have traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as poor diet or high blood pressure.”
Armed with the knowledge that tooth loss in middle age can signal elevated cardiovascular disease risk, adults can take steps to reduce the increased risk early on, he said.
A limitation of the study was that participants self-reported tooth loss, which could lead to misclassification in the study, according to Qi.

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Do Your Dentures Fit???

Greetings from Jack Bodie, D.D.S.

Do Your Dentures Fit?

Age brings wisdom and the benefit of a unique perspective that can only be achieved through your life experiences. It can be a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, it also brings with it dental problems that may only be resolved with dentures. Okay, you have false teeth. That should be the end of it, right? Wrong. Your dentures will never change (assuming you don’t play hockey or plan on running over them any time soon), but your mouth will.

The gum ridges in our mouths can shrink with age, which causes dentures to become loose. Bone can also shrink, causing jaws not to line up properly. Ill-fitting dentures can cause sore spots in your mouth and stomach problems, the result of not being able to chew food properly. A loose denture could also cause changes in your facial features, not to mention become a nuisance the next time you go sky diving.
If your dentures are loose, painful or just don’t feel right, call our office for a consultation. They may need to be adjusted, relined or completely remade (if they are completely worn out). You may have noticed some products that claim to fix un-savvy dentures. When we make repairs, we use quality materials that are only available to dentists. Over the counter products often contain harsh chemicals that only make matters worse.

If you’re not satisfied with the look or feel of your dentures, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (972)235-4767 for an evaluation! It’s important to keep future dental appointments as well so that your fit can be continually evaluated, and you can be screened for oral cancer and gum disease. Your health and comfort are important to us; we ensure we will do everything we can to bring your smile new life!
If you have questions regarding dentures, please call our office at (972)235-4767 or email us at [email protected] today.
Best Regards,
Jack Bodie, D.D.S.

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Less Drilling Feels Great!!!

This phrase may seem a little dubious to some of you but the message is something you may want to know more about. Especially if you don’t like having your teeth drilled!

There has been a great deal of discussion, research and controversy in dental circles over the last few decades regarding the conservation of natural tooth structure during the performance of many routine dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, veneers and other restorative procedures. The dentistry taught in most dental schools during the 1970’s, 1980’s and even the 1990’s was generally amputational, meaning that much natural tooth structure had to be sacrificed to restore teeth to their natural shape and function. This type of dentistry often resulted in complications such as root canal therapy and even tooth loss, due to its aggressive nature.

With the advent of adhesive dentistry in recent years, new techniques have been developed that focus on conserving natural tooth structure and using materials that more closely resemble natural teeth in appearance and function. This type of dentistry has recently been described as Biomimetic Dentistry. This type of dentistry has many advantages over conventional dentistry including less sensitivity following treatment, longer lasting restorations, lower incidence of root canal therapy and less chance of tooth loss.

So what’s the downside to Biomimetic Dentistry? Well, none for the patient, except fees may be slightly higher. You see these minimally invasive procedures are actually more difficult for the dentist, require training and knowledge, and may require more expensive materials. However, the value of what you are getting is immeasurably better. And really, what kind of dentistry do you want anyway?

If you are interested in knowing more about Biomimetic Dentistry or have questions about the many benefits of minimally invasive dentistry, call us at 972 235 4767 or email us at [email protected] for an appointment. You can also get more info by visiting our website at DrJackBodie.com.

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Giving back this Holiday Season

Season’s greetings from the office of Dr. Jack Bodie!

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 recent disasters. 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 is getting harder 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 [email protected] Ask us about big year-end savings we are offering for treatment scheduled during December (treatment may be done in 2018). We can make your smile and your Holiday Season brighter!
Best Regards,
Dr. Jack Bodie and Staff

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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].   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!



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.


Dr. Jack Bodie DDS

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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 [email protected]. We’d like to help you.

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