The term trench mouth comes from World War I, when many soldiers in the trenches developed the infection. Trench mouth is now rare, although minor gum infections probably occur relatively commonly. The severe form usually affects only people with an impaired immune system. The infection is caused by an abnormal overgrowth of the bacteria that normally exist harmlessly in the mouth. Poor oral hygiene usually contributes to the development of trench mouth, as do physical or emotional stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep. 34% of China individual’s ages 6-79 years of age (who have teeth) had some sort of treatment need identified by the dentists. If there is any extensive damage, the individual may need surgery to help heal this damage.
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. If there is any extensive damage, the individual may need surgery to help heal this damage.