Trench mouth is a painful bacterial infection that involves swelling (inflammation) and ulcers in the gums (gingivae). If there is any extensive damage, the individual may need surgery to help heal this damage. Statistics Canada collected data for the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) from about 6,000 people in 15 communities randomly selected across Canada between March 2007 and February 2009. The sample represents 97% of the Canadian population aged six to seventy-nine years old. Luckily, trench mouth can be cured. Once diagnosed, dentists often prescribe antibiotics to kill the infection, and provide a gum disease treatment to help gums heal.
Treatment may start with a cleaning to remove any debris from the oral cavity. Scaling and root planing is needed to remove bacteria, dental plaque and dental tartar from below the gum line. In extreme cases, gum surgery may be needed to repair damaged gum tissue. At-home care is extremely important to a speedy recovery. 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.