What is Trench Mouth

Tranch mouth is a rare and painful bacterial infection involving ulcers and swelling in the gums. It is also known as Vincent’s stomatitis. It affects the age-group of 15-35 years mostly. The mouth contains several types of bacteria in equilibrium. When the number of bacteria increase beyond a certain limit, the gums get infected and develop ulcers. This article tries to gain further insight on this topic.

Symptoms of Trench Mouth:

  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Foul taste in the mouth
  • Crater-like ulcers between the teeth
  • Painful gums
  • Gums appear reddened and swollen
  • Grayish film on the gums
  • Profuse bleeding when any pressure is applied or irritation is caused in the gums
  • Swollen lymph nodes of the head and neck

Risk Factors, Complications, Prevention and Treatment of Trench Mouth:

  • Smoking, poor nutrition, emotional stress, mouth infections, poor oral hygiene are the risk factors for this condition.
  • Dehydration, pain, spread of infection, loss of teeth and Periodontitis are the complications associated with this disease.
  • If untreated the infection of the gums can spread to other locations like cheeks, lips or jawbone and destroy the tissues of these locations. However, this infection is observed to respond well to treatment when started on time.
  • X-rays of the face or teeth can reveal the extent of damage caused by the infection to the tissues. Throat swab culture is another technique of diagnosis of this disease.
  • Quitting smoking, eating nutritious food, brushing the teeth twice, using salt water or hydrogen peroxide to rinse the mouth and reducing stress can reduce the risks associated with the disease.
  • Visit to the dentist should be done every 6 months, involving examination of the dental health and removal of plaque if any.
  • Analgesics are the medicines available over the counter which reduce the severe pain associated with this condition.
  • Usage of coating agents and application of lidocaine can relieve the pain too.

1 response to What is Trench Mouth

  1. I had faecal breath odour for YEARS. Talked to many doctors who took my money then show me the door….I finally had a friend who suffers too, send me a eBook he bought 5 or 6 months ago he ask me how his breath smelt and didn’t smell a thing. He said the eBook amongst much else had him stop eating dairy food/ soft drinks and coffee/tea. So I’m like reading it and doing all the stuff it says to do. Thinking this has to be bull. But after a few days my tongue started turning red and felt nice. I worked up the courage to ask a friend how my breath smelt and he’s like I don’t smell anything. Now I’m thinking all those years of humiliation and I could have solved it ffs! There’s a site about it called OralTech Labs. When I read the site I felt sorry for the guy as he clearly had a real tough time with his bad breath, which pretty much ruined his school years. At lest he found a way to beat his bad breath and is letting others know how. Post this everywhere you can to help people!! Thanks R.J

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