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Trench Mouth

What is Trench Mouth?

Trench mouth is a painful form of gingivitis.

The term "Trench mouth" originated during World War I, when the disorder was common among soldiers. Trench mouth is also called Vincent's stomatitis; Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis.

Trench Mouth is rare. It usually affects people younger than 35.

What causes Trench Mouth?

Trench mouth occurs when the mouth has an excessive amount of bacteria. The bacteria causes infection of the gums, which develop painful ulcers. Viruses may be involved in allowing the bacteria to overgrow.

Risks of Developing Trench Mouth

Symptoms of Trench Mouth

Symptoms often occur suddenly. The most common symptoms of trench mouth are:

  • Painful gums
  • Excessive gum bleeding in response to any pressure or irritation
  • Red Gums
  • Swollen Gums
  • Grayish film on the gums
  • Foul taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath

Can Trench Mouth be Prevented?

Yes. The best way to help prevent trench mouth is to have good oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene includes daily tooth brushing and flossing and regular professional dental cleaning and examination. Good nutrition and good general health will also help to prevent trench mouth.

Treatment Options for Trench Mouth

If you have trench mouth, your dentist may prescribe pain relievers, and antibiotics.


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