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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What is Trench Mouth?

Trench mouth is a progressive painful bacterial infection of the gums and mouth with ulceration, swelling and sloughing off of dead tissue from the mouth and throat due to the spread of infection from the gums. It's generally seen in people who are under the age of 35 and is rare in developed countries. Trench mouth mostly occurs in individuals with poor nutrition and a severely poor living situation.



Trench mouth increases when bacteria, usually present in the mouth, are allowed to grow out of control. It is this overabundance of harmful bacteria that is responsible for the infection of the gums. In turn, the infection damages gum tissue.



Signs and Symptoms of Trench Mouth


  • Foul taste in the mouth and bad breath. These are two of the first signs of trench mouth.
  • Painful gums. Gums may be very painful, causing severe discomfort.
  • Bleeding gums. Gums may bleed easily and for no apparent reason.
  • Gums may appear very red or swollen.
  • Grayish film on the gums. This is caused by decaying gum tissue.
  • Ulcers between the teeth and on your gums. These are crater-like and may be filled with food debris and plaque.
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your head and neck. This does not happen with every case of trench mouth.


Causes of Trench Mouth


  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Lowered immune system due to conditions like AIDS


Treatment


Good oral hygiene is vital to the treatment of trench mouth. Thorough tooth brushing and flossing must be performed as often as possible, at least twice a day and preferably after each meal and at bedtime. Salt water rinses (one-half teaspoon of salt in one cup of water) may be soothing to sore gums. Hydrogen peroxide, used to rinse or irrigate the gums, is often recommended to remove decayed gum tissue. Your dentist may prescribe pain relievers and antibiotics.



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