Trench mouth is a severe, painful form of gingivitis characterized by bad breath, bleeding gums and open sores. Also called acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis or Vincent's stomatitis, trench mouth is a rare sight in this day and age. 74% of Australians have seen a dental professional in the last year. 17% of Australians avoided going to a dental professional in the last year because of the cost. Treatment of trench mouth is generally highly effective, and complete healing often occurs in just a couple of weeks.
However, healing may take longer if your immune system is weakened, such as by HIV/AIDS. 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.