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 to Respond if You Notice Bleeding Gums
Posted on 2/10/2020 by David Mugford
Bleeding gums can be a sign of many oral health complications. Bleeding gums can be caused by improper oral care like brushing too vigorously or not flossing enough, but it can also be caused by infection in the gums which may indicate early signs of gum disease.
Why Do Gums Bleed?
A common reason gums may bleed is because of improper oral care. Most commonly it can be because you brush your teeth too hard or use a toothbrush that is too rough on your gums. Make sure to use a soft-bristled brush unless otherwise advised and make sure to be gentle while brushing. Bleeding gums may also be caused by improper flossing technique or even going to long without flossing.
It can be easy to cut your gums when flossing so, it is important to be careful while doing so. Also, if you go a long enough time without flossing, it can cause bleeding, so it is necessary to floss at least twice a day to strengthen your gums.
Is It Gum Disease?
If bleeding continues after brushing or does not become better over time, it could be a sign of early gum disease. Gum disease is caused when the bacteria in the mouth infect the gums and causes irritation. Other signs to look out for if you think you may have early gum disease are tenderness and redness. It may be likely that you have gum disease if these symptoms are also present or bleeding continues over the course of a few days.
As soon as you notice bleeding gums, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. Bleeding gums can indicate serious dental problems, and if left unchecked, those problems develop into irreversible damage to the teeth and gums. We will be able to evaluate the cause of your bleeding gums and offer solutions to the problem.