ALL ROUTINE VISITS AND NON-ESSENTIAL TREATMENTS ARE SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19
The Mugford Center would like to provide an update to all of our valued patients with concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus.
Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) that citizens self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the state of Maryland recommendations and restrictions, the Mugford Center will be limiting hours of operation and treatment available.
We are dedicated to the well being of all our patients and will be available for emergency care for pain swelling and infection as well as for urgent care which requires timely treatment.
As health care professionals, we all have a role to play in “flattening the curve” by following sound, scientific public health advice to help limit infections and slow the spread of the virus.
Bearing this in mind, we are carefully screening all scheduled and necessary treatment. and only seeing patients for emergency or urgent care. We take seriously the need to be available for our patients to avoid unnecessary illness or injury as well as preventing burdening our hospitals and emergency rooms.
We will reschedule all canceled appointments in a timely manner upon returning to the office and appreciate your understanding under the current circumstances.
We will continue to closely monitor the latest information and recommendations to promote a safe and healthy environment for our patients and staff. We plan to be available to provide safe and optimal care on this limited basis.
Our infection control procedures fully cover the COVID-19 virus, as they do all infectious diseases. We are taking extra precautions in screening our employees and patients, along with sterilizing the common areas of our office often.
We look forward to seeing you at your scheduled appointments. Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns, and we will be happy to address them.
Protecting you and your smile, The Mugford Center
How Does Gum Disease Really Progress?
Posted on 9/10/2019 by David Mugford
Most people have heard of gingivitis and gum disease, but some of our patients don't realize that they are really the same thing. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and while it's a fairly mild form of the condition, it's still something that you need to be concerned about.
If gingivitis isn't treated, it progresses to the next stage of gum disease, and things become more serious. Let's take a look at how gum disease progresses so you can see why it's so important to deal with gingivitis as soon as you can.
Mild gum disease sets in if you don't brush and floss regularly. The same bacteria that cause cavities affect your gums. Over time, you'll start to notice that your gums bleed when you brush them. They may also start to pull back from your teeth, exposing more of them. The inflammation caused by gingivitis isn't always painful, so it's important that you don't rely on pain as an indication of gum disease.
If untreated, gingivitis progresses into periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease. Here, empty pockets begin to form in the gums. Plaque and other debris can get caught in these pockets, leading to even worse inflammation. The tissue and even bone in the gums and mouth can begin to deteriorate. The roots of your teeth may even become exposed, leading to loose teeth and more severe cavities.
If it still goes untreated, periodontitis enters its advanced, final stage. Here, the damage is much worse. The bone that supports your gums and teeth is badly damaged. Teeth may fall out or shift, causing changes in your bite.
What can you do? While brushing and flossing regularly will help with gingivitis, you'll need to come see us for periodontitis. Call us today to discuss gum disease and how it can be treated.