Oral diseases can have various degrees. The most severe case of gum disease i.e. gingivitis is the condition that is known as Trench Mouth. A person suffering from this condition can experience painful and bleeding gums which in severe cases can lead to bone loss.
The name dates back to World War I, the first war in which soldiers experienced prolonged periods of trench warfare. Because they were under significant stress and did not have time to take care of their teeth or seek treatment, they often developed painful and bleeding gums.
Causes of Trench Mouth
Trench Mouth is caused due to the over accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. People suffering from gingivitis have a higher risk of developing this condition. Factors causing the condition Trench Mouth are:
- Poor Dental Hygiene
- Poor Nutritional Intake
- Smoking/ Chewing Tobacco
- Anxiety/ Stress
- HIV & AIDS
- Compromised Immune System
- Already Existing Infection in Throat, Teeth or Mouth
Symptoms of Trench Mouth
The symptoms of Trench Mouth are usually obvious and easily detectable as follows:
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth that is very noticeable by others around you.
- Bleeding in response to irritation or pressure such a when brushing your teeth or flossing.
- Craterlike ulcers can be seen along the gum line and between teeth.
- Grayish film on the gums
- Gums become red, swollen, or start bleeding.
- Pain in the gums is caused by the overgrowth of bacteria which destroys gum tissue causing several more dental problems if not treated. Painful gums make it hard for you to eat, sleep or brush.
- Pasty Saliva
When not treated, the infection will spread beyond the gums, deteriorating the jawbone and leading to tooth loss. Trench mouth can also damage other soft tissues in your mouth, including the cheeks and lips. Just like other forms of gum disease, trench mouth may affect your overall health the infection can enter your bloodstream through your gums and attack other parts of your body.
Treatment of Trench Mouth
Trench mouth can typically be cured in a matter of weeks with treatment. Treatment will include:
- Professional cleaning from a dentist
- Antibiotics to stop the infection from spreading further
- Pain relievers
- Proper ongoing oral hygiene
Brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly twice a day are important for controlling the symptoms of trench mouth. Warm salt water rinses and rinsing with hydrogen peroxide can ease the pain of inflamed gums and also help remove dead tissue.
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