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What is Trench Mouth? Marietta, GA
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Though not a pleasant thought, the human mouth contains bacteria, fungi and viruses. When in balance, however, these are naturally occurring and do not cause pain or illness. Even so, when dental hygiene is lacking, harmful bacteria begin to grow. As plaque builds up on the surfaces of teeth and gums, individuals may experience some sensitivity. Additionally, gum tissues might appear red, puffy and swollen. While brushing, gums may begin to bleed. This condition is called Gingivitis, and is a preliminary form of gum disease. Yet, when Gingivitis progresses quickly, individuals experience pain and a host of other symptoms. At this point, it is likely that the overabundance of bacteria has caused an advanced infection- Trench Mouth.

To be clear, when a person has Gingivitis, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have trench mouth. Rather, trench mouth develops when Gingivitis is not properly treated. Healthline notes the following symptoms:

  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Bleeding during brushing or when pressure is placed on gums
  • Craterlike ulcers in the mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Grayish film on gum tissues
  • Gums that are red, swollen or bleeding
  • Pain in the gum tissues

Treatment For Trench Mouth

For the most part, dentists are able to diagnose trench mouth during a routine dental examination. Because it is a serious infection, antibiotics are usually part of treatment. Meanwhile, if individuals can commit to regular brushing and flossing, they can limit the symptoms associated with trench mouth. Warm saltwater rinses also help soothe irritated gum tissues, while removing dead tissue cells. Most dentists suggest that patients refrain from smoking or eating spicy foods while gums are healing.

At Pure Smiles Dentistry, we understand that while good oral care at home is important, professional dental cleanings go beyond what can be accomplished at home. What’s more, oral health examinations take into account more than they used to. From periodontal health to oral cancer screenings, we value comprehensive care to protect a patient’s smile and reduce dental expenses over time.

Dr. Sanil Patel and the team at Pure Smiles Dentistry are fully equipped to help patients heal from the effects of trench mouth and other dental infections. To schedule an appointment, call us today!

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone: (770) 422-8776

FAX: (770) 428-2207


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  • Kim P.

    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

  • Hudson H.

    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month