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July 19, 2020

The Importance of Good Posture on your Health and Bite

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Ape evolving into a man

Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Roger Sperry, demonstrated that 90% of brain energy output is used for relating our physical bodies to the earth’s gravitational pull. This means that only 10% of the brain’s energy is used for thinking, metabolism, and healing. Therefore, if you want to improve your brain and physical performance, work on your posture. It’s not just about looking good. It may be the key to better health.

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May 6, 2020

Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?

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young woman lying in bed with sore TMJ

Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism.  Countless individuals bruxate. While it is extremely common, it is NOT normal. In fact, it is a very serious condition which is often undetectable to most sufferers. Bruxism can lead to many complications if it goes unchecked.

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April 23, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About AGGA

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woman showing off smile after completing AGGA treatment with dentist

Orthodontics encompass much more than just braces and clear aligners. It includes a range of different treatments that promote proper, harmonious functioning of the teeth and jaw. One such treatment involves the use of an anterior growth guidance appliance (AGGA). What exactly is an AGGA? Could you benefit from one? What can you expect from your treatment? Dr. Robert Bryce, an expert dentist who offers AGGA therapy, is here to discuss these important questions.

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March 13, 2020

Transform Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

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 close-up of smile with porcelain veneers and glossy lips

Millions of people wish to improve the appearance of their teeth. They may cringe when they see photos of themselves and notice a smile that is dull, crooked, chipped, or otherwise flawed. If that story hits close to home for you, it may be time to schedule a consultation with a local cosmetic dentist, Dr. Robert Bryce. After the dentist evaluates your teeth and talks to you about your goals for treatment, they might recommend that you receive porcelain veneers. Let’s talk more about what porcelain veneers are and how they may be able to deliver your dream look.

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February 4, 2020

Dentist Answers: How Do Genes Play A Role in My Oral Health?

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Our genes play a big role in shaping who we are. You may know you inherited your grandmother’s eyes or your father’s quick wit — but what about your oral health? Many people do not realize that certain smile “traits” are inherited, while others are shaped by habits and lifestyle choices. Below, you will find you more about the role genes have in oral health from your dentist in Potomac Falls. Knowing can help you keep a cleaner, healthier smile for life!

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November 26, 2019

4 Reasons to Use Your Dental Insurance Before December 31

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December 31 on calendar

Perhaps you have dental insurance through your employer, or maybe you decided to purchase it on your own. In either case, you might view your policy as a nice “safety net” in case you ever have a dental emergency. However, seeing your coverage in that light means you could be missing out on hundreds of dollars’ worth of benefits every year! Let’s discuss four reasons why you should use your dental insurance before the end of 2019.

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September 16, 2019

How Many Porcelain Veneers Do I Need?

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illustration of four porcelain veneers being placed on bottom teeth

Are you thinking about getting porcelain veneers near Sterling? These thin, custom-made pieces of dental porcelain have the potential to totally transform the way your teeth look. They can disguise a broad range of aesthetic flaws, make you appear younger, and perhaps even give your confidence a big boost. Still, you likely have questions about this treatment, one of which may be “Exactly how many porcelain veneers do I need?” Let’s discuss some factors that go into determining the answer to that question.

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August 16, 2019

Am I a Candidate for a Smile Makeover?

bryce @ 10:17 pm
young woman admiring her smile makeover in mirror

The way your teeth look can have a direct effect on your self-esteem. You may hesitate to smile in photos, or you might be shy when you meet new people. Plus, some dental problems that impact the way your teeth look can also have a bearing on your oral and overall health. What can you do to correct the issues that are stopping your smile from reaching its true potential? Talk to your dentist about getting a smile makeover.

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July 5, 2019

WHAT IS A FRENULECTOMY OR FRENECTOMY?

bryce @ 9:14 pm

We often read about Tongue-Tie (T.T.) [and Lip tie (L.T.)] in babies, often in conjunction with inability for the baby to properly latch during breastfeeding. What about T.T. in adults ? Consider some signs and symptoms related to T.T. in adults (as well as in childhood and adolescence).

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June 17, 2019

A Neuromuscular Dentist Explains How TENSing Can Relax Your TMJ

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TMD illustration

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.

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