trench mouth


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trench mouth,

common term for Vincent's infection, an ulcerative membranous infection of the gums and mouth, by noncontagious infection, associated with a fusiform bacillus and a spirochete. Poor oral hygiene, nutritional deficiencies, insufficient rest, heavy smoking, and debilitating diseases are predisposing factors to the disease. Epidemics often occur in crowded unsanitary environments, and in former years among soldiers in the field, hence the name "trench mouth." In addition to ulcerations on the gums and mouth, which are painful and bleed freely, there are usually foul breath, increased salivation, and difficulty in swallowing and talking. The acute phase of the disease yields to antibiotic treatment and oxygenating mouth rinses, but attention must also be paid to the underlying dental and medical factors.

trench mouth

[′trench ‚mau̇th]
(medicine)
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If you deal with the younger age group, then you see a lot of the acute infections such as herpes and trench mouth, which is due to bacteria and causes open sores between the teeth.
It was a nutritional "No, ta" of a diet that seemed bad enough, until her trainer revealed the consequences of Jodie's decision to skimp on the veggies - namely Trench mouth, a painful swelling of the gums that was all the rage with soldiers way back in the gingivitus-happy days of WWI.