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
Signs You May Have Early Stage Gum Disease
Posted on 3/10/2020 by David Mugford
Gum disease is extremely common, but fortunately, it's also highly treatable. Caused by a buildup of a sticky, bacteria-laden substance called “plaque” that forms around your teeth and along your gumline, early state gum disease appears when toxins released by the plaque starts to attack your teeth and gums. Swelling, redness, and bleeding may occur.
If you have early stage gum disease (also known as “gingivitis”), rest assured that you can still reverse the signs and symptoms of this disease without lasting repercussions.
How Do I Know if I Have Early Stage Gum Disease?
Knowing the early signs gingivitis is vital. While this disease is still in its early stages, it's still wholly reversible, meaning that you don't have to endure the pain or embarrassment of tooth loss. Catching it early can be the difference between mild irritation and profound pain.
Recognizing these symptoms can help save your beautiful smile:
Blood when you brush or floss. One of the first signs of gingivitis is the presence of blood –
have you noticed a red or pink tinge in your sink when you spit following brushing or flossing your teeth?
Red, tender, swollen gums. Another early sign of early stage gum disease is having redness and swelling along your gums where they meet your teeth.
A foul odor in your mouth. Bad breath can be a sign of not only improper dental care, but it can also indicate that you may have gingivitis.
Your gums are pulling away from your teeth. Having a receding gumline can also be a major red flag for early stage gum disease.
If left neglected, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, which can lead to loss of your tooth and major infection. You can prevent this from happening by having a good tooth care regimen in place; regular brushing and flossing are key in preventing this disease from progressing.
It's also extremely important to get regular dental checkups at our office. Please give us a call today to schedule a comprehensive dental exam with a cleaning. If we suspect you have early stage gum disease, we can put you back on the path to healthy teeth and gums – or help prevent gingivitis from happening in the first place!