Trench mouth is a severe, painful form of gingivitis characterized by bad breath, bleeding gums and open sores. Trench mouth is caused when you can’t control the bacteria in your mouth – an overgrowth of bacteria leads to an infection that destroys the gum tissue, which causes several dental problems if not treated. Those with bad oral habits, an unhealthy diet, extreme stress or excessive smoking habits are susceptible to this unpleasant condition, but preventing trench mouth is as easy as brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist twice a year.
Luckily, trench mouth can be cured. Once diagnosed, dentists often prescribe antibiotics to kill the infection, and provide a gum disease treatment to help gums heal. Your dental treatment may start with a cleaning to remove any debris from the oral cavity. Deep cleaning is needed to remove bacteria, dental plaque and dental tartar from below the gum line. In extreme cases, gum surgery may be needed to repair damaged gum tissue. Home care is extremely important to a speedy the recovery. Pain relievers may be prescribed to make brushing and flossing easier, which then helps prevent trench mouth from returning.