This month we are thinking about and honoring veterans.
Trench Mouth is a condition that dates back to WWI due to lack of access to dental care while in battle.
Trench Mouth is a serious condition found mostly in teenagers and young adults. It is a progressing form of gingivitis, a severe gum infection. It is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth as well as poor nutrition and hygiene. Certain medical conditions can also be a contributing factor.
Ignoring this condition can result in tooth loss, destruction of gum tissue, and trouble swallowing. Disease and pain can spread to cheeks, lips and the jawbone.
To prevent this condition avoid smoking, eat a healthy diet, and brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Become friends with your dentist by seeing him or her twice a year for regular cleanings and check ups. They can catch issues before they escalate into potential problems.