TENS is an acronym for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Essentially, the therapy delivers ultra-low frequency electrical impulses to the nerves that control the muscles associated with facial expression and jaw function. It works by reducing inflammation, increasing blood flow, releasing endorphins, and stimulating muscles to function aerobically. When muscles are in spasm, as often happens in TMD, they contract and shorten, which hinders blood flow. When TENS therapy increases blood flow to the area, it promotes muscle relaxation. TENSing allows your dentist, not just to provide temporary pain relief, but also to move your jaw to a more proper resting position.(more…)
June 17, 2019
April 23, 2019
Oftentimes, cancer begins so subtly that its symptoms don’t become obvious until it has advanced to the point where it is extremely difficult to treat. That is why doctors so strongly encourage patients to regularly get checked for signs of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other forms of this devastating disease. Oral cancer is no exception to the rule. Regularly visiting Dr. Bryce in Potomac Falls for oral cancer screenings could be the key to early detection, and thus a key to survival. Now is the perfect time to talk about why screening is so important and how you can recognize signs of this serious condition.(more…)
February 23, 2019
Over the years, science has provided us with a number of ways in which we can slow down or perhaps even prevent Alzheimer’s. For example, exercise, learning new things, eating a healthy diet, and fostering healthy relationships may all play a role in promoting long-term brain health. But did you know that maintaining healthy gums may also be pivotal in preventing Alzheimer’s? Your Potomac Falls Dentist, Dr Bryce, is here to discuss recent research that points to a strong connection between gum health and brain health.(more…)
December 23, 2018
Dr. Robert Bryce in Sterling is interested in more than just your oral health; your overall well-being is also a priority. While Dr. Bryce is working to make sure that you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile, he and his team are taking steps to make sure that everything in the dental office is properly sterilized. Why is sterilization so vital, and what specific steps should a dentist take to protect you from harmful microorganisms? Let’s talk about this important subject.(more…)
November 3, 2018
Many people who regularly snore use nasal sprays, uncomfortable sleeping positions, or other techniques to cut down on the noise they make at night. Those who snore due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may even employ a CPAP machine to fight their snoring and help them breathe easier at night. But did you know that a simpler solution may be available for you? The ProSomnus MicrO2 device is an innovative and comfortable oral appliance that could help you stop snoring and enable you to enjoy higher-quality rest.(more…)
October 4, 2018
If the thought of someone working on your teeth makes you a little anxious, you’re in good company. According to one estimate, roughly 60 percent of people experience some level of fear when they visit the dentist. However, your reluctance to go to the dentist doesn’t mean you won’t ever develop cavities, and it doesn’t make you exempt from the need for routine checkups. What can you do to conquer your dental anxiety? Various techniques and treatments are available to help you relax, including NuCalm. Let’s talk about this innovative system that can take the edge off your fear and make your next dental appointment a little easier.
July 1, 2018
Many dentists are quite good at what they do, but they may not offer you the level of service and personal attention that you deserve. For example, they might not offer you the opportunity to discuss all of your questions, and they might not take the time to explain any procedure they recommend. If you are tired of being treated like you’re just another item on your dental professional’s to-do list, please give us a try as your new dentist in Potomac Falls. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
April 22, 2018
Have you ever heard someone say “I have TMJ” and not quite understood what they meant? The acronym simply stands for “temporomandibular joint,” which are the joints that connect your lower jaw to the rest of your skull. When someone says they have TMJ, what they might actually mean is that they have TMD, temporomandibular joint disorder. What exactly is this disorder, and what are some signs that you might be suffering from it?
March 21, 2018
If you have missing teeth, you might be considering getting a bridge or even dentures. But have you given some serious thought to dental implants? This restorative dentistry procedure has the potential to save your smile, and it can last much longer than dentures or a bridge. Let’s talk more about how this remarkable treatment may be able to help you.
February 20, 2018
A smile is the universal gesture. It can put others at ease and let them know that you’re a friendly, warm person. It can boost your mood and even make you look younger. But what if your smile has some little (or big) flaws that are holding it back from reaching its true potential? There are several treatments available from your cosmetic dentist that can transform your pearly whites and give you a set of teeth that turns heads wherever you go. One of those treatments is porcelain veneers.