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
Lasers Can Do a Lot to Improve Gum Health
Posted on 1/20/2020 by David Mugford
Do you have gum disease? Have you been told that you need to consider treatment options beyond implementing a regular brushing and flossing routine? If so, you might want to consider laser therapy for your gums.
Gum Disease and Its Causes
Although many people have heard of gum disease, not that many know very much about it. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue, caused by excessive exposure to the bacteria in your mouth. These tiny organisms produce plaque, which in turn can irritate the gum tissue and cause gum disease.
Of course, the best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it altogether. To this end, regular brushing (at least twice each day) and flossing (at least once each day) are absolutely vital, along with professional cleaning every six months. But if you have already developed gum disease, the good news is that there are options to treat it.
Treating Gum Disease with Laser Therapy
A relatively new development in the gum disease treatment area is using lasers to treat the condition. In contrast to more traditional methods of treatment such as scaling and planing, the use of lasers means that the infected gum tissue is actually eliminated.
Here's how the process works: a dentist uses a specialized laser to trim away the infected gum tissue. Then, the (usually) hidden part of the tooth is cleaned to remove deposits of bacteria and plaque. Following this, any rough spots on the tooth—which would usually provide hiding places for bacteria—are smoothed out. Then the gum tissue is allowed to heal back against the clean tooth surface.
If you have any questions about using laser therapy on your gum tissue, please contact us. We are happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have on the matter.