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 Alcohol Impacts Gum Health
Posted on 11/20/2019 by David Mugford
Alcohol, both in beverages and mouthwash, have effects on a person's oral health. Alcohol in beverages has been known to cause staining.
The color in the beverages penetrates the outer layer of the tooth's enamel and then binds with it causing a discoloration of the teeth. Alcohol is doubly effective at staining teeth because of its acidity which breaks down the enamel as well. Another side effect of drinking alcohol is not to do with the alcohol itself, but with what you may use in it to keep it cool.
Often, people will chew the ice in their alcoholic drinks causing damage to the teeth, so it is recommended to avoid chewing ice. Besides staining and potential physical damage, beverages higher in alcoholic content like wine and spirits cause the mouth to dry. This may not seem like that big of a problem at first, but saliva plays an important role in the health of your mouth.
Saliva not only helps digest food when eating, but also it helps the mouth to remove harmful bacteria from the surfaces of teeth. After some time with a dry mouth, the harmful bacteria in your mouth have the ability to reproduce more quickly ultimately making your teeth more susceptible to their deteriorating effects.
What About the Alcohol in Mouthwash?
It is a common misconception that the alcohol in mouthwash is used to kill the bacteria inside of your mouth. The alcohol in mouthwash does not have the ability to destroy the bacteria, rather it is used to carry flavoring and sensation agents like a mint flavoring and a tingly menthol. The ingredients that actually destroy mouth bacteria are known as eucalyptol and thymol.
Alcohol in mouthwash can have some of the same effects as the alcohol in beverages, namely dry mouth. If you are always battling a dry mouth, staying away from mouthwashes which contains alcohol in them is important as they could exacerbate the problem.
There are many non-alcohol containing mouthwashes on the market which can be effective for people with chronic dry mouth. However, changing mouthwashes may not solve the problem of your dry mouth, and the problem could be deeper than a change in mouthwash. If the problem persists, please schedule an appointment with us so that we may discuss the cause, and maybe, the benefits of an alcohol free mouthwash.