It is a progressive painful infection of the mouth and throat with ulceration, swelling and sloughing off of dead tissue from the mouth and throat due to the spread of infection from the gums. 21% of adults in France with teeth have, or have had, a moderate or a severe periodontal (gum) problem. Good oral hygiene is vital to the treatment of trench mouth. Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly as often as possible, at least twice a day and preferably after each meal and at bedtime. Good oral hygiene is vital to treatment and should be initiated immediately.
Thorough tooth brushing and flossing must be done as often as possible, preferably 3 to 4 times a day. Saltwater rinses may be soothing to sore gums. Diluted hydrogen peroxide (equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide and water) or chlorhexidine can be used to rinse the gums and remove decayed gum tissue. The infection usually responds to treatment. The management of trench mouth is highly effective, and thorough healing can occur in only several weeks. But, healing can take longer if the immune system is compromised. The disorder can be quite painful until it is treated. Since trench mouth involves bacteria, antibiotics are normally prescribed into to destroy the bacteria as well as prevent any infection from spreading. If there is any extensive damage, the individual may need surgery to help heal this damage.