Trench mouth is a painful form of gum swelling (gingivitis). The term "trench mouth" comes from World War I, when the disorder was common among soldiers. The mouth normally contains a balance of different bacteria. The gums become infected and develop painful ulcers. Viruses may be involved in allowing the bacteria to grow too much. Most adults show signs of periodontal or gingival diseases in Brazil. Severe periodontal disease affects approximately 14 percent of adults aged 45-54.
Treatment may also include surgery, Although gums are likely to heal and return to their normal shape with professional cleaning and proper home care, you may need surgery to help repair them if you have extensive damage. The infection usually responds to treatment. 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.