Trench mouth is an ulceration and painful bacterial infection of the gums. It is also known as Vincent’s Stomatitis and acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis.
Causes of Trench Mouth
- Poor dental hygiene
- Bacterial infection in the mouth
- Poor nutrition
- Infection of the teeth, mouth and throat
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- Weak immune system
Symptoms of Trench Mouth
- Foul taste in the mouth and bad breath. These two are the first signs of trench mouth.
- A grayish film on the gums
- Crater like ulcers between the teeth
- Red and swollen gums
- Painful and bleeding gums
- Fever and fatigue
Trench Mouth can easily lead to the following complications if left untreated.
- Infection and loss of tissue in the lips, cheeks and jawbone
- Loss of teeth
- Gum diseases
Prevention of Trench Mouth
It is not contagious in nature. You can easily prevent it by the following the below health care tips.
- Practice good dental and oral hygiene
- Take a healthy diet
- Quit smoking
- Keep your stress under control
- If you are diagnosed of trench mouth, follow the care measures correctly as suggested by your dentist.
Treatment of Trench Mouth
The basic treatment includes following all the preventive measures mentioned above.
Generally it is treated with painkillers or local anaesthetic gels. Sometimes certain antibiotics are prescribed. In case of severity professional dental treatment is required to treat trench mouth.
When to Get Medical Advice?
Sometimes you may know that you are affected with trench mouth by foul smell in your mouth and bad breath which are the basic symptoms of this condition. If you feel pain in the gums, bleeding and mouth ulcers, immediately contact your dentist as it can lead to other serious problems. These are the signs which give you a clear indication of trench mouth.