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
- 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!