Trench Mouth

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Trench mouth is a severe gum infection caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Its characterized by painful, bleeding gums and ulcers in the gums. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition, and how it got its unusual name, in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Trench mouth is a severe form of gingivitis that causes painful, infected, bleeding gums and ulcerations. Although trench mouth is rare today in developed nations, its common in developing countries that have poor nutrition and poor living conditions.

Trench mouth earned its nickname because of its prevalence among soldiers who were stuck in the trenches during World War I without the means to properly take care of their teeth. Trench mouth is not contagious.

Signs and symptoms of trench mouth can include:

Severe gum pain

Bleeding from gums when theyre pressed even slightly

Red or swollen gums

Pain when eating or swallowing

Gray film on your gums

Crater-like sores between your teeth and on your gums

Foul taste in your mouth

Bad breath

Fever and fatigue, and

Swollen lymph nodes around your head, neck or jaw

Trench mouth symptoms can develop quickly. See your dentist immediately if you develop any symptoms. All forms of gum disease can be serious, and most tend to get worse without treatment.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.