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Dr. David A. Mugford
1660 Village Green
Crofton, MD 21114

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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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What to Do When You Notice Bleeding Gums

Posted on 4/10/2020 by David Mugford
What to Do When You Notice Bleeding Gums 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
•  Receding gumline
•  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.
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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