Trench mouth is a severe gum infection caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. It’s characterized by painful, bleeding gums and ulcers in the gums. Your mouth naturally contains a balance of healthy bacteria, fungi, and viruses. However, poor dental hygiene can cause harmful bacteria to grow. Red, sensitive, and bleeding gums are symptoms of a condition known as gingivitis. Trench mouth is a rapidly progressing form of gingivitis. 16% of Germish people avoided having the full range of recommended treatment due to the cost in the last year.
Treatment begins with a gentle, thorough, professional cleaning done over several days. Rinsing several times a day with salt water or a hydrogen peroxide solution may be recommended instead of brushing for the first few days because of the sensitivity of the gums. People can use a soft toothbrush or washcloth to wipe the teeth. Recommend to avoid smoking or eating spicy foods. The infection usually responds to treatment.