Jack Bodie, DDS | Biomimetic & Dental FAQs

How long will my initial appointment last?

Your initial dental appointment with Dr. Jack Bodie in Richardson can vary, but most appointments last up to 60 minutes. Our staff takes every step necessary to keep you comfortable and relaxed in our waiting room until the doctor can see you. Once he does, you will be given a complete examination, and Dr. Bodie will discuss all of your dental concerns and questions with you. You can be confident that you will be treated with the utmost respect and consideration when you’re a patient of ours.

What dental services does Dr. Bodie offer?

Dr. Bodie and our staff offer a wide range of dental health services. These services include teeth whitening, Invisalign, dental implants, Lumineers, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding,  dentures, and so much more. He offers virtually every dental service you can imagine. Dr. Bodie also specializes in Biomimetic dentistry, which is a unique form of dentistry that involves minimally invasive techniques. Whatever your oral health requires, Dr. Bodie is the perfect Richardson dentist to assist you. 

Dr. Bodie is also an emergency dentist in Dallas, TX, so he can perform emergency dental surgery if a situation were to arise. Learn more about emergency dental services here.

What is biomimetic dentistry?

Biomimetic dentistry is a form of natural dentistry that strives to preserve teeth as often as possible. This approach is less invasive than traditional dentistry and avoids drilling or aggressive and unnecessary removal of natural teeth. For example, with biomimetic restorative dentistry, cracks in teeth are sterilized and filled with a composite material that mimics natural enamel to protect the tooth from further decay. Another aspect of biomimetic dentistry is giving teeth time to heal between treatments, which can help patients avoid unnecessary and painful procedures. Dr. Bodie is an expert in biomimetic dentistry, and his patients have experienced many successful treatments with this approach. Learn more about natural dentistry here!

What type of dental patients do you take?

Dr. Bodie and his team take on patients of all ages, from pediatric to senior care. We are happy to serve the people of Richardson, TX, and the surrounding areas. Simply give us a call to learn more about our availability and to schedule your first appointment with us!

How long should I expect my teeth whitening treatment to last?

When you whiten your teeth, you likely want the effect to last at least long enough to get you through that next cocktail party. Well, the truth is, it will! The length of time it lasts will vary. If you drink lots of coffee or red wine, or smoke, you can expect the brightness of your smile to fade rather quickly. However, a teeth whitening procedure can last up to a few years if you take care of your oral health. You can always do touch-ups down the line if needed.

Call Dr. Bodie’s team to learn more about the benefits of our teeth whitening services.

Dental Health FAQs

What does it mean if my gums bleed?

Bleeding gums are usually a sign of poor oral health. In most cases, it is the onset of periodontal disease or gingivitis. When this happens, people stop brushing frequently and effectively because they are experiencing pain in the process. Unfortunately, brushing your teeth is one of the only tools you have against the inflammation caused by the illness because it reduces inflammation and bacterial buildup. You should see your dentist as soon as possible to rule out periodontal disease and to treat any gingivitis that may be occurring.

Keep in mind, chronic dental pain of any sort warrants a checkup with your dentist. While over-the-counter medications can provide some relief, you need to get to the source of the problem to eliminate it before it turns into a much bigger issue.

Schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible to prevent more serious problems if your gums begin to bleed.

Why is it so important that you visit the dentist regularly?

Seeing a local dentist regularly is essential because it keeps your teeth and mouth healthy in the long term. Dental health is directly related to your overall physical health.

A few other reasons why regular dental visits are important include:

  • Prevention of tooth decay
  • Protection against periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
  • Ensures your smile looks great for years to come, increasing your self-confidence
  • Keeps your teeth strong and healthy
  • Prevents bad breath by reducing the amount of bad bacteria build-up in your mouth
  • Prevents staining caused by food, drinks, and tobacco

How do I choose the right dentist for me?

Your goal in choosing a dentist should be in finding one that works for you and your family. Just like with any other occupation that you hire, you want to shop around before making your final decision. Your initial visit should help you determine whether the dentist in question is right for you.

Some questions and thoughts to keep in mind include:

  • Is their office clean and organized?
  • Was it easy and convenient to schedule an appointment?
  • Is the location convenient for me and my family?
  • Did the dentist explain the treatment plan for my oral health in an easy-to-understand manner?
  • Is the dentist a member of the American Dental Association (ADA)?
  • Did the dentist give you a good idea of costs before treatment was administered?
  • Was your medical and dental history recorded in a permanent file?

If you are looking for a dentist in Dallas, TX, or the surrounding area, Dr. Bodie and our team would love to meet you! Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Why do dentists take x-rays of their patients?

Dental diseases often aren’t detected simply by examining the mouth. To get to the real problems, an x-ray must be performed. That x-ray can provide answers that a dentist needs to create a holistic oral health plan.

Some things that can be revealed by an x-ray include:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Periodontal disease
  • Infections in your bone
  • Decay between your teeth or existing restorations
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Tumors

The earlier you find dental problems, the more money and time you can save. X-rays are excellent detectors of oral structural problems, so it’s important to have them done regularly. In some cases, an x-ray might even save your life when it uncovers a hidden tumor. Any concerns you have about x-rays or the results of existing ones you’ve taken should be shared with your dentist.

 What should I do if I knock out a tooth?

When you have a painful oral injury, you might not know what to do next. You should get to the dentist as soon as possible.

If you knock out a tooth, consider taking these tips to save it:

  • Rinse, don’t scrub, the tooth to remove any debris.
  • Place the tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum or under your tongue.
  • Never attempt to replace it in the socket, as you could cause more problems.
  • See your dentist immediately! Successful re-implantation is only possible if treatment happens quickly.
  • If you can’t use the mouth preservation method, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk.

These simple tips can prevent you from losing your tooth altogether! Contact our office immediately for emergency dental care.

How often should I go to the dentist?

Often patients don’t make an appointment to see a dentist until they’re in pain, but if you want to avoid serious pain in the future, it’s important to schedule routine dental cleanings.

For children, teens, and adults, a regular checkup should take place at least once every six months. Patients who have a greater risk of oral cancer or gum disease should see the dentist more than twice per year. A doctor will help you decide how often to visit based on your oral health.

I have diabetes, so should I be more concerned about my oral health?

Research now shows there is a distinct link between gum disease and diabetes. People with the disease are more likely to succumb to gum disease. If blood glucose levels aren’t under control, you could lose teeth. Not only that, but gum disease can be a factor in raising blood sugar levels which makes it even more difficult to control diabetes. See your dentist regularly and follow at-home care recommendations. If you notice any other signs of problems, like dry mouth or bleeding gums, talk to your dentist immediately.

At-Home Dental Care FAQs

How often should I change my toothbrush?

If you are brushing your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each time, you should swap out your toothbrush once every three months. The same goes for your children. Patients who have gum disease should change their toothbrushes once every four to six weeks to prevent the spread of bacteria. Be sure to rinse your toothbrush in hot water to kill any existing germs on the bristles. If you’ve been sick, change your toothbrush as quickly as possible.

What’s the best way to care for my teeth in between visits to the dentist?

There are a few ways you can keep your mouth healthy between dental cleanings.

Here are some excellent tips to keep your mouth healthy:

  • Brush your teeth at least two times every day, and floss at least once!
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride and ask your dentist for a fluoride rinse if needed.
  • Avoid sugary foods, if at all possible. High-sugar foods are directly related to cavities and plaque build-up on your teeth.
  • Stop smoking, as tobacco can not only stain your teeth but cause gum disease, which can lead to oral cancer.
  • Brush your tongue as often as possible. This removes food particles and reduces the amount of plaque-causing bacteria. It also keeps your breath fresh.

These practices are important for great oral hygiene, but they still don’t replace regular dental cleanings!

How can I prevent cavities?

There are multiple ways to prevent cavities, the first of which is to spend at least three minutes per day brushing your teeth. It takes that long to get rid of bacteria that is living on your teeth and can destroy your enamel. Next, be sure not to brush too hard. It takes just a little bit of pressure to remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth. After that, be sure to floss at least once a day. Flossing is the only way to remove bacteria from between your teeth.

Alternative dental care practices to prevent cavities include avoiding sugary foods. Keep in mind sugar exists in foods like candy, fruits, crackers, and chips. Bacteria love these foods. Be mindful of foods like peanut butter and raisins, too, since they can stick to your teeth. Brush your teeth after you eat sweet foods to ensure you get rid of any sneaky bacteria.

If you can’t brush your teeth right after you eat, then rinse your mouth with water. This helps remove food from your teeth. Sugarless gum can also help clean teeth after eating.

Good dental habits like those outlined above can work wonders at giving you a cavity-free visit to your dentist.