Local dentist prepares to bring a smile to a worthy family

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It’s been said that the manner of giving is worth more than the gift.

Dr. Fred Potter, D.D.S., and owner of Bowie Drive Dental Care can attest to that. In his 30 years of practicing dentistry in Weatherford, he says he’s been on the receiving end of support from friends, families and customers - but now it was time to give back.

The 56-year-old Weatherford native will be offering a $15,000 “Extreme Mouth Makeover” to a worthy family in the community while celebrating his business' 30th anniversary. Just like the long running TV show, "Extreme Makeover," he is asking prospective applicants to apply by submitting a video.

“If a family wants or needs dental work and can’t afford it, we are asking that they upload a video on YouTube and tell us why they need it,” Potter said. “You can’t undo anything that has happened in the past regarding dental issues, you can only make things better.”

Celebrating his anniversary while making this offer has a special significance as it was in 2007 that he received a heart transplant that kept him working part-time for nearly two years.

“People were extremely supportive - my patients, staff...everyone was wonderful,” Potter said.

Not long after that, and what is a parent’s worst nightmare, he and his wife, Beth, experienced the loss of their only son at the age of 13.

“All of my life, people have been so kind and we just wanted to do something to give back,” he said. “There are people who cannot afford dental work and fall through the cracks so we wanted to do something for them - so it’s really in the name of all of the people who have done kind things for us that we continue to pass it along.”

Included will be a migraine-relief procedure called TruDenta if a patient needs it. The procedure has a 95 percent success rate of eliminating migraines without using drugs or injections of any type.

“It’s a rehabilitation treatment where you restore proper function of the nerve, muscle and TMJ joint,” Potter said. “The hard cost of treating migraines per year in 2010 was $2.5 billion and, in lost wages and low productivity, it is estimated at $13.5 billion.”

Deadline to enter for the “Extreme Mouth Makeover” is June 10. Applicants can enter by going to Potter’s website: www.bowiedrivedentalcare.com to tell their story. On the evening of June 19, the announcement of the lucky Parker County family will be named at a party at his office from 5:30-7 p.m.

The public is invited for food and cake, giveaways and to hear the announcement of the chosen family.

Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102 Twitter: @Lancewinter

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