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
What to Do When You Notice Bleeding Gums
Posted on 4/10/2020 by David Mugford
Unexpected bleeding can be a little bit scary, and when that blood is coming from your mouth, it's understandable to be more than a little bit alarmed. Finding blood in the sink when you spit after brushing and flossing is a sure clue that you're suffering from gum disease, but fortunately, if you catch it early enough, then you can completely cure it before it becomes a bigger problem.
Reversing Gingivitis at Home
Early stage gum disease, known as gingivitis, occurs when the bacteria in your mouth form a sticky residue called “plaque”. When this plaque sticks to your teeth, the toxins in the bacteria can infiltrate your teeth and gums, leading to an infection in the gingiva of your mouth.
Gingivitis is often painless, making it all the more important to stay aware of any changes to the health of your mouth. Signs of early gum disease are:
Redness and swelling in your gums
Halitosis (bad breath)
A sour or metallic taste in your mouth
Blood when you brush or floss
You can stop gingivitis in its tracks by implementing a good oral hygiene regimen, taking care to brush your teeth twice per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, spending two minutes each time. You also need to floss nightly, bringing the floss around your teeth in a c-shape, working it up under your gums. Use an 18-inch length of floss and use a fresh segment per tooth. An antibacterial mouthwash can also be helpful if used after brushing and flossing.
If your diet is high in sugar and junk food, consider switching out some of your sweets out with fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those high in Vitamin C. Stop drinking soft drinks, as they can erode away your enamel. If you smoke, stop immediately; not only can smoking cause emphysema and cancer, it's also linked to advanced periodontitis.
The most important thing you can do, though, if you notice bleeding gums is to call our office. Scheduling regular dental exams is vital to help prevent gum disease and to preserve the health of your teeth and gums. Please give our office a call today to schedule your comprehensive exam and cleaning, and if you have bleeding gums or any other signs of periodontal disease, we can start you on a treatment protocol to restore them to their peak health.