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
Are Dark Colored Gums Something to Worry About?
Posted on 12/10/2019 by David Mugford
Flashing a broad grin should be something that comes naturally to all of us, but if we have insecurities about the appearance of our smile, we may hesitate before sharing it with the world.
While having dark colored gums is completely normal for many people, some of them may be embarrassed by the color of their gums. However, dark gums can also be caused by a variety of conditions ranging from absolutely benign to severe enough to warrant immediate intervention from dental professionals.
I Have Dark Gums: Should I Seek Treatment?
The color of your gums is largely dependent on a wide number of factors. If you've always had dark colored gums, then most likely there's no reason to be alarmed. If your gums have suddenly changed in color, though, then you may definitely need to pay us a visit.
These are the primary reasons that your gums may appear dark:
Genetics: How much melanin (the cells that cause pigment) you have is due to your genetics. Some people naturally have more melanin than others, leading to darker colored gums.
Medications: Have you started a new medicine recently? Tetracycline, a common antibiotic, can darken gums. Certain antidepressants can also contribute to dark gums.
Bad Habits: If you smoke, stop right now. Not only does it darken your gums, it can lead to tooth loss, gum disease, cancer, and death.
Diseases: Both acute necrotizing periodontal disease and acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis can darken gums. Both require immediate medical attention to prevent lasting damage.
Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions can darken gums. For instance, Addison's disease, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, and Von Recklinghausen's disease can all lead to darkening of your gums.
The color of your gums is not anything you should be ashamed of, but it's perfectly understandable to covet the appearance of cheerful, pink gums. Bleaching is a cosmetic option available to patients to bring their gums to a color that may better suit them.
If your gums are dark, we can help. We will rule out benign causes of the darkening and start you on treatment for it. Give us a call today to schedule your dental exam with a medical consultation for your dark colored gums.