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Winchester Dental team members at their 2017 Christmas party
Five Steps to a Healthier Year
January 4, 2018

Happy New Year from Winchester Dental! Here are five steps to a healthier year, from your dentist’s office. Think of it as your Jolly January list.

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Dr. Frank Mitchell, DDS and Dr. Gio Iuculano. DDS
How Dental Implant Training Helps Us Help Our Patients
December 12, 2017

In November 2017, Dr. Gio and Dr. Mitchell attended an intensive training course in dental implant placement at a state-of-the-art training facility in Puebla, Mexico. In just four days, they each logged 45 hours of continuing education on the most current implant techniques. How will their newly gained knowledge benefit our patients at Winchester Dental? In this interview, Dr. Gio Iuculano, DDS and Dr. Frank Mitchell, DDS discuss details.

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Dr. Frank Mitchell, DDS and Dr. Kelly Richardson, DDS
Advantages of Immediate Implant Placement
November 3, 2017

As we’ve been reporting, our modern technology makes many types of dental treatments faster, easier, and more comfortable. This is especially true for dental implants! Winchester Dental is proud to offer immediate implant placement, which typically reduces the number of surgeries an implant patient requires, and can also be beneficial in other ways. What is this procedure, and how does it work? Dr. Frank Mitchell, DDS and Dr. Kelly Richardson, DDS explain.

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Patient's beautiful smile at Winchester Dental
Whiten Your Teeth for the Winter Holidays!
November 2, 2017

Would you like beautiful whiter teeth in time for the coming holiday celebrations? Schedule teeth whitening between now and December 31 at Winchester Dental, and get up to $100 off!

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Dental assistant Kristy Loy positions Dr. Gio Iuculano, DDS for a CBCT scan
Then and Now: 6 Problems Modern Dental Technology Helps Solve
October 5, 2017

Dental technology has come a long way in recent years. More and more frequently, 3D imaging replaces 2D x-rays; CAD/CAM technology reduces waiting time and dental visits; specialized cameras help with early detection of problems; and dental pain is now more manageable than ever! Here’s a “then and now” look at some of the issues our modern dental technology helps us solve.

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Dr. Gio Iuculano, DDS outside with plants in background
In-Office Sedation Options at Winchester Dental
September 8, 2017

In-office dental sedation is a good option for patients with dental anxiety or a history of difficult dental experiences. At Winchester Dental, we offer conscious and IV sedation options. We work with patients to customize their individual plans, taking into account their medical history, their anxiety level, and the extent of the dental work they need. In this interview, Dr. Gio discusses each option.

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Dr. Kelly Richardson, DDS and team member Monica Boyd
PRF is a Popular Success at Winchester Dental
August 7, 2017

We’ve recently reported on how we use platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) to help with pain reduction and faster healing after tooth extractions, and to speed up the implant process. Did you know that Winchester Dental is one of the only general dentistry practices in Winchester to offer PRF? In this interview, Dr. Kelly Richardson, DDS, discusses how successfully PRF is working for our patients, and team member Monica Boyd discusses completing phlebotomy training that allows us to accomplish the entire PRF procedure in our office and among our team.

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Five Important Facts About Sleep Apnea
July 19, 2017

Individuals with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly while they sleep. In severe cases, this may occur up to 30 times an hour. Severe health problems can result from untreated sleep apnea; are you at risk? Here’s what you need to know.

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Dr. Frank Mitchell, DDS
Faster Healing and Less Pain with the Newest Holistic Techniques at Winchester Dental
June 1, 2017

In September 2016, Dr. Frank Mitchell discussed the use of platelet-rich fibrin (a substance derived from the blood, also known as PRF) to reduce the pain associated with tooth extractions, speed the implant process, and help patients heal faster. Since then, he reports, “the healing has been amazing for patients who elect it for extractions!”

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Enter Winchester Dental’s Apple Blossom Photo Contest!
April 6, 2017

Wear our shirt to the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® to win!

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Laura Steinmetz, dental hygienist
Winchester Dental Hygienist Stays Ahead in Her Field by Teaching
March 21, 2017

For the Winchester Dental team, continuing education includes not only learning through training, but learning through teaching. Soon after she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene, Laura Steinmetz, RDH began instructing dental hygiene students every week at a local community college. In this interview, she discusses how providing outstanding patient care and guiding students helps her to be exemplary in both areas.

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Winchester Dental Team Attends Myobrace Training
March 9, 2017

At Winchester Dental, we actively pursue opportunities for continuing education. In February 2017, Dr. Gio Iuculano, DDS and four of our dental assistants attended training on the Myobrace, an exciting new approach to orthodontic treatment that helps straighten teeth and helps correct poor oral habits that actually cause crooked teeth. In this interview, Dr. Gio discusses the Myobrace training.

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Understanding the Importance of Early Orthodontic Treatment
March 3, 2017

Identifying the need for and beginning orthodontic treatment while children are young and still growing may help them avoid serious health issues and potentially complicated, costly treatment when they are older. Learn which signs indicate that a child might need early treatment, the health benefits it can provide, and how we accomplish it at Winchester Dental.

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Open House at Winchester Dental!
February 17, 2017

We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming open house! Come by and see us on Saturday, March 11, 2017 between 12 noon and 3 PM. We’ll have office tours, games, face painting, collection of food donations, and great prizes!

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Diagram showing how obstructive sleep affects the mouth, nose, and throat
Day and Night Appliances for Sleep Breathing Disorders
February 8, 2017

For patients who snore or suffer from sleep apnea, available treatment options are not limited to nighttime airway pressure (CPAP) machines or surgery. At Winchester Dental, we offer Day and Night Appliances to deliver gentle, comfortable treatment and permanent breathing improvement. These appliances work gradually to adjust cranial and facial structures and open the airway, and patients love the results!

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Diagram showing how TMJ issues can affect multiple parts of the head
Why TMJ Disorders May Occur After Wisdom Teeth Extractions
February 3, 2017

Although it happens infrequently, TMJ disorders sometimes occur after wisdom teeth extractions. Here’s what you need to know about the reasons for this, along with information on how we can help if patients experience these disorders.

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Types of Malocclusion and Correction
January 30, 2017

Misaligned bite conditions are not all the same! In this article, we describe the different types of malocclusion and some correction options.

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Ceramic models of wide and narrow palates
Causes and Treatment of Malocclusion
January 25, 2017

Much research shows that early humans had straight teeth, and that their wisdom teeth also grew in straight, with room to spare. In a few present-day non-industrial cultures, the same is true, but it’s becoming more and more rare. What does this mean for those who live in countries such as the US? What should parents know about their children’s facial growth and development? In this article we explore the answers to these questions.

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Valentine’s Day Special: Save 50% on Teeth Whitening!
January 23, 2017

Perhaps you’re planning a nice celebration with your Valentine, or you’d like to do something special for yourself. Consider teeth whitening! Between now and February 14, 2017, Winchester Dental is offering all teeth whitening services at half the usual price! For your convenience, we offer a range of options.

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Pain Relief Options at Winchester Dental
January 12, 2017

At Winchester Dental, we understand that sometimes our patients require pain relief before we can provide any other treatment. Your comfort always comes first, and when pain relief is the priority, we offer laser and injection therapy options.

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Causes of and Solutions for Bad Breath
January 5, 2017

Bad breath—also known as halitosis—is more than an unpleasant reality; it also indicates excessive bacterial growth in the mouth. What causes this issue? Who is at risk? Here are some answers, along with suggested simple steps you can take help keep your breath fresh.

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Vaping and Its Oral Health Risks
January 3, 2017

Our commitment to helping our patients reach and maintain outstanding oral and overall health includes providing information on the oral health risks of smoking conventional cigarettes and vaping (using electronic cigarettes). Some people believe vaping to be a safer option than smoking, but growing evidence links it to health risks just as significant as those of regular cigarettes.

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Winchester Dental Exemplifies Current Dental Trends
December 22, 2016

At Winchester Dental, we are pleased to be on the forefront of many current dental trends, and we enjoy keeping up with emerging techniques and technology to provide our patients the best, most modern dental care! As 2016 comes to an end, here’s a look at some dental trends that have recently gained in popularity.

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AcceleDent® Aura device
Introducing AcceleDent®!
December 16, 2016

At Winchester Dental, we’re pleased to offer AcceleDent® technology for our orthodontic patients. Using an AcceleDent® device for just 20 minutes a day can significantly speed treatment progress!

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Dr. Gio Iuculano, DDS and dental assistant Julie Tavenner
Nitrous Oxide Eases Anxiety and Pain
December 2, 2016

At Winchester Dental, patient comfort is very important to us. We offer nitrous oxide as a mild form of sedation during certain procedures. In this interview, Dr. Gio Iuculano and dental assistant Julie Tavenner answer basic questions about the use of nitrous oxide.

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Victor D. Woodlief, DMD
Mouth Breathing: Problems and Correction
November 15, 2016

Mouth breathing is a common issue, but in extreme cases, it can result in serious health problems and can diminish an individual’s quality of life. Whatever its cause, resolving the problem of mouth breathing at its source is crucial. In this special guest interview, Victor D. Woodlief, DMD of our west coast sister practice discusses the risks of leaving this issue untreated, and how specialized dentistry can help.

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Dr. Gio Iuculano, DDS seated in leather chair
Tinnitus: The Dental Connection
November 7, 2016

People who suffer tinnitus (ringing in the ears) frequently seek help from ENT specialists, but the problem sometimes originates from compressed jaw joints. In these cases, a dentist experienced in treating TMJ issues may be able to help. In this interview, Dr. Gio Iuculano, DDS explains the connection between dental issues and ear problems such as tinnitus.

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Blue ribbon "Best of 2016" award for Winchester Dental from Northern Virginia Daily newspaper
NV Daily Readers Vote Winchester Dental the Best!
November 3, 2016

We’d like to thank everyone who voted us Best Dental Practice in Frederick County/Winchester for 2016 in the recent poll of Northern Virginia Daily readers! It is our privilege to serve our patients and community with outstanding and innovative dental care.

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Dr. Gio Iuculano, DDS
Specialized Dentistry for Tonsil and Adenoid Issues
October 24, 2016

Enlarged tonsils and adenoids frequently cause serious health problems for children, but simply removing the tonsils and adenoids doesn’t always correct the source of the problems. When narrow palates and restricted airways are also involved, specialized dentistry can help with palate and airway expansion, and establishment of nasal breathing. In this interview, Dr. Gio Iuculano, DDS discusses the role of dentistry in resolving these issues.

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Mary Ellen Lowry, certified nurse-midwife, discussing dental care during pregnancy
Dental Care During Pregnancy
September 28, 2016

Did you know that pre-term labor is frequently caused by an infection somewhere in the body—and that this can include your mouth? In this guest video clip, Mary Ellen Lowry, a certified nurse-midwife with Midwifery at Women’s Health Alliance in Chapel Hill, NC, discusses the importance of dental care during pregnancy, as a way of helping expectant mothers to avoid infection.

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Dr. Kelly Richardson, DDS, leaning out of office doorway
Silver Diamine Fluoride at Winchester Dental
September 19, 2016

Winchester Dental is proud to offer silver diamine fluoride treatment, a new dental option that can help to control tooth decay in certain patients. In this interview, Dr. Kelly Richardson, DDS explains how this treatment works, and which patients it can benefit.

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9 Best Practices You’ll Find at Winchester Dental
September 16, 2016

Our commitment to excellence extends throughout our team, and through all aspects of our practice! Our patients tell us we are the best dentists in Winchester. Here are our team members talking about some of the best professional practices you’ll find at Winchester Dental.

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Dr. Frank Mitchell, DDS, smiling
Immediate-Load Implants at Winchester Dental
September 14, 2016

Until now, a dental extraction, bone graft, and implant process could sometimes take as long as a year. Thanks to the use of platelet-rich fibrin in dental bone grafting, explains Dr. Frank Mitchell, DDS, same-day extractions and implants—also known as immediate-load implants—are becoming a reality!

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Dr. Frank Mitchell, DDS
Faster Healing with Platelet-Rich Fibrin
September 12, 2016

Winchester Dental continues to lead in the most advanced dentistry practices! In these video clips, Dr. Frank Mitchell, DDS discusses our newest holistic technique: using platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) derived from patients’ own blood to help them heal faster and with less pain during the dental implant process. In some cases, says Dr. Mitchell, using PRF can dramatically speed the overall extraction and implant process—thus saving time and stress. Take a look!

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Dr. Frank Mitchell, DDS
Perio Protect® for Healthy Gums
September 7, 2016

It’s easy, gentle, and holistic! Perio Protect® is a new dental treatment that patients can use at home keep their gums clean and healthy. In many cases, it can help reduce the need for professional periodontal treatment, which is often costly and uncomfortable. In this three-minute video clip, Dr. Frank Mitchell, DDS—who uses Perio Protect® himself—discusses how easy it is to use, and outlines the numerous health benefits it can provide.

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Meghan Minor, Co-Practice Manager
The Convenience of Same-Day Crowns at Winchester Dental
September 6, 2016

For patients on the go, sometimes the hardest part of dental visits is finding time to schedule them. At Winchester Dental, we’re pleased to offer same-day dental crowns, a streamlined process that typically requires only one visit instead of two or three. In this video interview, assistant office manager Meghan Minor explains how it works.

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Dr. Gio Iuculano, DDS and Victor D. Woodlief, DMD
How to Find TMJ Disorder Treatment: What You Need to Know
August 26, 2016

Many dentists list TMJ disorders among the issues they treat—but did you know that at the present time, TMJ therapy is not yet a formally recognized area of dental specialty? The study of these disorders is currently an emerging focus in dentistry, and among dentists, treatment experience and methods can vary widely. Fortunately, there are many well-trained dentists who have successfully treated patients and helped them to find relief. What should patients look for when seeking a dentist to treat these issues? In this article, we explore the details of TMJ disorders, and identify the most important questions to ask.

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Meghan Minor, Co-Practice Manager
First Appointment at Winchester Dental: What Can I Expect?
August 24, 2016

At Winchester Dental, our commitment to your overall health begins at your first appointment. Assistant office manager Meghan Minor discusses the way we familiarize ourselves with your teeth, mouth, and medical history; and then develop treatment plans according to your wishes. It’s a great way to help new patients feel comfortable!

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Attention to Detail: A Long-Time Patient Reviews All Aspects of Our Practice
August 12, 2016

“I thought a comprehensive and honest review might help others in the local area as they are seeking out a dental provider.” Our patient John shares the details of his experience with Winchester Dental!

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Should You Floss Your Teeth? Yes, Absolutely!
August 9, 2016

In August 2016, the news media reported that the US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services had eliminated tooth flossing from their officially recommended dental health guidelines. Some media reports have portrayed this change in guidelines as an indication that flossing does not result in improved dental health and is therefore not important. In fact, there’s more to the story. Please click through to read details!

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