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  • A Dentist to Count On

    Edition: Brevard County Published: Spring 2017

    High-quality care, comfortable atmosphere relax patients

    As a military career officer, Ron Sellers did his share of moving between assignments, and landed twice at a base near Satellite Beach. He and his family had relocated to the area for the second time when he met Merrill A. Grant, DMD. Ron has entrusted his dental care to Dr. Grant for nearly three decades. “My family and I had just gotten back to Satellite Beach – in August 1988 – and were looking for the typical services that need to be set up after a move. My wife asked someone in the community if they knew a good dentist and was told, You need to check out Dr. Grant on Jackson Avenue,” recalls Ron. Many years later, Ron can still remember what he experienc...

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  • Discreet Precision

    Edition: Brevard County Published: Spring 2017

    Today’s hearing aids are often less visible.

    When most of her teenaged friends were buying their first car, Cheryl Hendrickson purchased her first set of hearing aids. “I could never imagine going anywhere else for hearing aids.” – Cheryl Born with nerve damage in both ears, Cheryl says her childhood years were a struggle. Hearing in the classroom or with groups of friends was always troublesome. “I never was able to hear clearly as far back as I can remember,” she shares. “I was kind of embarrassed, but I was a young kid, so I lived with it. Once I got the hearing aids, I wore them for a while. As I entered my twenties, I stopped wearing them. The technology was not as good back then, and they were larger a...

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  • Stretching Relief

    Edition: South Sarasota County Published: Spring 2017

    Unique treatment alleviates pain and restores flexibility.

    At 62, Raymond Way retired from his business in Rhode Island, and eventually fled the northern winters. Now 73 and living in Cape Coral, Raymond enjoys outdoor activities, including tennis and golf. He was dismayed when he injured a hamstring muscle in his right leg while golfing – twice. Now, Raymond can get afull golf swing. “The first time I hurt it, I don’t remember the specific injury,” he says. “I was playing eighteen holes several times, and my leg just started really hurting, and I couldn’t play anymore. “The second time, I felt it instantly. I was going back for a shot, and I was trying to get a little too much in the swing, and there was a s...

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  • Smile Makeovers

    Edition: South Sarasota County Published: Spring 2017

    In 2001, Dominica Grant was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but the Venice native hasn’t let it slow her down. She remains active with family activities, including helping her brother at his embroidery shop during the busy seasons. “With my new dentures, I’m one of the proudest people in the world to smile and show everybody my teeth.”– Dominica The MS affected Dominica in other ways, however, including her dental health. Unfortunately, problems with her teeth became serious over time. “My mouth was completely destroyed,” she shares. “Most of my teeth had broken, cracked or fallen out. I had five or six teeth that were actually broken down in the gums. “I couldn’t chew. My teeth reacted to anything hot or cold. I couldn’t eat any ...

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  • Straighten Teeth in Months, Not Years

    Edition: Lee County Published: Spring 2017

    Jessica Cosden is careful about how she smiles in photographs. Her lips are turned upward in a friendly way, but they always stay closed. Woman wearing orthodontic silicone trainer. Invisible braces She doesn’t want her teeth to appear on camera. Jessica has natural gaps on either side of her front teeth. Four permanent teeth, two on the top and two on the bottom, never grew in when she was a child. “It’s a genetic condition that runs in my family – the lateral incisors on the top and the bottom are missing. They were there when I had baby teeth, but after the baby teeth fell out, there weren’t any permanent ones,” says Jessica. “My other teeth that came in drifted and took up some of the space. So there aren’t huge gaps, like you’...

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  • Minimally Invasive Guided Implant Placement

    Edition: Lee County Published: Spring 2017

    Revolutionary 3D system improves precision of dental implant surgery.

    Nick Copenhaver spends a lot of time each day with his sibling. The brothers own and operate an aluminum installation company. In their spare time, when they have any, the two like to be outdoors hunting or fishing. Nick can smile with ease thanks to Dr. Farag. “I spend a lot of time with him,” Nick shares. “We’re young, so we work hard and play hard.” When Nick found himself in dire need of dental care, he turned to his brother for advice. “I had a couple of bridges in my mouth that were placed there years ago by another dentist,” Nick recalls. “The material wasn’t strong, and one of the bridges broke off. I dealt with it for a while. I had a dif...

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  • Dental Implants: A Secure Solution

    Edition: Brevard County Published: Spring 2017

    Rosemarie Blackburn, 73, admits she wasn’t as diligent about caring for her teeth as she got older. She was sure that led to the problems she began experiencing with them. Even the temporary dentures made Rosemarie happy. “I neglected my teeth for a long time,” she confirms. “The problems started when I got into my sixties. My teeth began to hurt, and I had root canals and other dental work done. Then, my gums started receding, and my teeth began falling out. “I lost a lot of my back teeth, and I only had seven teeth left. I could still eat, and people couldn’t see my missing teeth when I smiled because I still had five teeth in the front. But I knew I couldn’t live like that anymore. I had to do something.” Rosemarie’s dentist at th...

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  • No More Dental Phobia

    Edition: Brevard County Published: Spring 2017

    “I was having some trouble with my teeth,” says Eleanor Brown, a Boston native. “My daughter, Debbie, is a dental assistant, and she’d been trying to get me to go to the dentist, but I’m the biggest chicken under the sun when it comes to dental work.” Eleanor works away at her sewing machine with a smile on her face. Debbie continued to encourage Eleanor, but bad experiences in her past left Eleanor fearful of dentists and uncooperative with treatment. “As a young child, my parents didn’t have an awful lot of money, so when I went to the dentist, it was never pleasant, and it always hurt,” she describes. “As I grew, it would take a major event for me to go to the dentist.” The dental issue Eleanor now faced was becoming a major ev...

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  • Help for Hereditary Hearing Loss

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County Published: Spring 2017

    Jeff Jensen has struggled with his hearing since his mid 20s. A husband, father and business owner, Jeff says hereditary hearing loss has affected several generations in his family. Jeff has a much easier timetalking with clients since being fitted for hearing aids. “It started on my dad’s side of the family,” Jeff shares. “My dad, my grandmother and great-grandmother all had hearing loss. I call it the trickle-down factor. “My own struggle began around age twenty-five. I started asking people to repeat things a lot. By the time I was thirty, I got my first hearing aid in my right ear.” Jeff says in the beginning, he was self-conscious about wearing a hearing aid. “I hated people seeing it,” he shares. “I own a restoration business. W...

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  • Reversing Osteoporosis – Without Drugs

    Edition: South Pinellas County Published: Spring 2017

    Lynn Hummel underwent a routine bone density screening when she was 51 and received distressing news: Her bone density was lower than normal, enough to indicate a symptomless condition called osteopenia. Lynn is amazed at the increase in her bone density. Osteopenia is a risk factor for later developing a dangerous disease called osteoporosis – when bones become more fragile and prone to fractures. “My doctor said I really needed to do something to improve my bone density and wanted to put me on FOSAMAX®,” she shares. “I told them, I don’t want drugs.” Lynn has a family history of osteoporosis and didn’t want her bones to continue to weaken. Although she resisted taking medication often prescribed for osteopenia and osteoporosis, she...

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