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Mugford Center Periodontics Dental Implants BUTTON SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT
Dr. David A. Mugford
1660 Village Green
Crofton, MD 21114


Call Us: (410) 260-0790

The Mugford Center Covid-19 Update



At The Mugford Center we prioritize the safety of our patients and employees. We have always taken extra precautions to provide our patients with a clean and sterile environment. In these times we make sure to go above and beyond what the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the American Dental Association, and the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners recommends. Our goal is to make everyone who comes into our office feel as comfortable as they possibly can.

-Dr. David Mugford and The Mugford Center team.



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How Leaving Gum Disease Untreated Can Impact Your Lung Health
Posted on 7/7/2020 by David Mugford
How Leaving Gum Disease Untreated Can Impact Your Lung HealthYour mouth is teeming with bacteria, and while many of these germs are relatively harmless (and some may actually be helpful), many more are opportunistic and looking for their chance to attack your teeth and gums. Found in plaque, the sticky buildup that forms around your gums, these bacteria can lead to swelling and inflammation of your gums. If left untreated, however, the bacteria can be inhaled, leading to pulmonary disease and lung infections.

The Link Between Lung Disease and Periodontitis


Chronic exposure to the bacteria in your mouth has been shown to cause systemic infection in your body, including your lungs. With over 50% of adults having some degree of gum disease, halting the progression of this disease is highly important to help prevent lung infections.

Pneumonia, COPD, and bronchitis all can start in the mouth through bacteria inhaled into your lungs. Arising from the same bacteria that cause gum disease (such as gingivitis and periodontitis), these infections can be prevented with a good oral health regimen in place.
Signs of gum disease include:

•  Receding gums
•  Dental abscesses
•  Bad breath (halitosis)
•  Swollen, red gums
•  Bleeding when you brush and floss
•  Sour taste in your mouth

Taking care to properly maintain your teeth is a key step you can take to prevent gum disease from attacking your immune system and spreading into your lungs. You can better take care of your teeth and gums by:

•  Brushing your teeth twice a day, two minutes each time
•  Use a soft-bristled tooth brush and brush at a 45-degree angle
•  Reach for a toothpaste with fluoride in it
•  Floss every day, using a fresh segment of floss per tooth
•  Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash after brushing and flossing
•  Get regular dental checkups

Having teeth isn't a requirement for gum disease, either - partials, dentures, and bridges can accumulate bacteria, too.
Good oral hygiene starts at home with brushing and flossing, but routine dental appointments can also help prevent gum disease. Protect your teeth, gums, and lungs by calling our office today to schedule a dental exam and cleaning.
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Crofton, MD 21114


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Office Hours
Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed