February brings an air of romance and gifts of chocolate, something Art Boss Jr., DDS, of Boss Dental Care in Corpus Christi doesn’t frown on — as long as those who indulge follow with proper dental hygiene.
“The best way to show your love is with a healthy smile,” Boss said. “It doesn’t matter if you eat one piece of candy or the whole box, as long as you brush your teeth immediately after.”
Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugary foods, creating acid that wears down tooth enamel and causes tooth decay.
“That’s nothing to smile about,” Boss said.
Since 1985, Boss has cared for the dental needs of families across Corpus Christi and the surrounding area. He built his practice from the ground up — literally.
“In 1985, when I first worked for a dentist in Dental Square, I would sometimes do yard work or landscaping for our building,” Boss said. “Patients would watch me outside pulling up roots and would be shocked to see me come in, wash my hands and perform a root canal.”
Fourteen years later, he bought the practice from another dentist and established his current office at the busy intersection of Everhart and Staples. Together with Jason Packard, DDS, and a team of highly trained assistants, Boss Dental Care prides itself on providing “old-fashioned care with today’s technology.”
Boss Dental Care provides a full slate of dental services from routine cleanings, fillings, and extractions to innovative cosmetic dentistry such as invisible braces, porcelain veneers and full mouth makeovers.
“We try to give each patient the one-on-one attention that old-fashioned care brings yet are also staying up to date with the latest advances in dentistry to deliver the best service possible,” said Packard, who joined the practice six years ago.
This month, the office will undergo a makeover of its own, including new flooring, counters, window coverings and fresh paint. All the work will be done on weekends so as not to inconvenience patients.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Boss has developed close ties with his patients and their families.
“Some of my patients who I saw as children are now parents or even grandparents themselves, and they bring their children, so we get to see all three generations,” Boss said. “Our client base is not limited; we see all ages from 4 to 104, from toddlers to great-grandparents.”
Boss believes the key to the company’s success is not pressuring patients to undergo costly procedures but keeping services affordable while treating customers like family.
“We pride ourselves on being one of the higher-skilled, high-tech offices in town that probably charges less than the average dentist,” Boss said. “If a certain type of procedure is needed, we explain the costs and the consequences. But we let the patient decide. Our goal is to keep our patients coming back for a long time. My patients are what keeps me passionate about my job.”
This philosophy extends beyond the dentist chair and into the office.
“What I love about working here is how it feels like a family,” said staff member Tonya Miller, who manages the front desk. “The fact that I’ve stayed with this company for almost nine years says something about how great it is to work with Dr. Boss and Dr. Packard. We have a lot of fun with them.”
Boss returns the appreciation, calling the team dedicated and expert.
“I’m lucky to have found such a great team to work with all these years,” Boss said. “We have employees that have been here five years, 10 years, and one of our ladies has been us for 25 years.”
also keeps up with the latest in computer technology with a vibrant presence on social media, something Packard help set up.
“Coming from a younger generation, I understand the importance of tapping into social media,” Packard said. “For the first two years, I was writing and creating the company website, but now we have a system that enables customers to share feedback with us and even book appointments from our Facebook page.”
The five-star reviews and positive online testimonials allowed to reach a broader market among the Internet-savvy, Packard said. He regularly contributes dental hygiene tips and photos to the website and Facebook page.
“We want our customers to know that we’re regular people, too, and that we care for their dental needs, even on the web,” he said.
The company’s logo portrays a “family” of cartoon hearts wearing smiles and holding a toothbrush, which represents the office’s commitment to “Caring for Family Smiles.”
“Whether it’s because a patient just had a new cosmetic procedure or we helped relieve someone’s pain, or when a parent is delighted that their child enjoyed her dental visit, this is what makes me smile every day,” Boss said. “In my line of work, it’s all about the smiles. That’s why with each card or letter I write, I always end it with the phrase, ‘Keep Smiling.’”
Boss Dental Care is located on 801 Everhart Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78411. Call 801 Everhart Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78411 or visit bossdental.com for more information.
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