Trench mouth! Even the sound of it can make you shudder but not to worry. First, we’ll tell you what it is – and don’t be put off by the big words – and then we’ll tell you the symptoms to watch for, the causes of it, tests that can be done and diagnosis and then how to treat and prevent it. We all know that gingivitis is a gum disease; well, trench mouth, known as necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, is a very severe form of it that causes painful, infected bleeding gums and sores on them.
Trench mouth symptoms can come on very quickly and almost always come with great pain. Even when treated and cured you must always be on the lookout for any relapse of it so following are some of the symptoms, complications and risk factors that can occur:
The above symptoms can also be related to gingivitis or periodontitis but any kind of gum disease is very serious so you must see your dentist right away before it gets any worse.
Trench mouth can occur at any age but is most common in adolescents and adults between 20 and 40 and is very common in countries that suffer from malnutrition and good oral hygiene is impossible to practice. Even one of the following can lead to trench mouth so we can’t stress enough to be very aware of your teeth and gums, to take good care of them and to see your dentist on a regular basis. Now for the causes of trench mouth and don’t ever think that you will always run into all of them:
It is not difficult for your dentist to detect trench mouth. He simply exams your teeth and gums and, sometimes, you may need dental or facial X-rays to find the extent of your infection and tissue damage. If he cannot determine the reason for your trench mouth, he will refer you to your doctor to see if there are any underlying physical conditions that are causing it.
Now for the treatments available for trench mouth and, as you know, the sooner it is treated, the better. Treatment is usually very effective and most often happens in just a couple of weeks but, if your immune system is affected, it may take longer. Trench mouth happens because of a lot of bacteria growth so check out the following treatments:
These treatments will most likely allow your gums to heal but sometimes you may need surgery to repair them is there is any kind of extensive damage.
Follow these steps to help prevent trench mouth:
For more information on trench mouth, see our section on gum disease or call us at 1-877-283-0497 to set up your no obligation, consultation at your convenience.