A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Trench Mouth
I had a question the other day about trench mouth.
Trench mouth is a severe form of gingivitis that causes painful, infected, bleeding gums and ulcerations.
Although trench mouth is rare today in developed nations, it’s common in developing countries with poor nutrition and poor living conditions.
Trench mouth, also known as necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (NUG), earned its nickname because of its prevalence among soldiers who were stuck in the trenches during World War I and couldn’t properly take care of their teeth.
Trench mouth isn’t contagious.
Signs and symptoms of trench mouth can include:
>Severe gum pain
>Bleeding from gums when they’re pressed even slightly
>Red or swollen gums
>Pain when eating or swallowing
>Gray film on your gums
>Crater-like sores (ulcers) between your teeth and on your gums
>Foul taste in your mouth
>Fever and fatigue
>Swollen lymph nodes around your head, neck or jaw
Your mouth naturally contains microorganisms, including fungi, viruses and bacteria.
If your immune system, which fights infections, is weak, its ability to fight harmful bacteria is lowered.
This can result in trench mouth, where harmful bacteria grow out of control, causing infection of your gums.
This infection can damage or destroy the delicate gum tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth.
Large ulcers, often filled with bacteria, food debris and decaying tissue, may form on your gums, leading to severe pain, bad breath and a foul taste in your mouth.
Exactly how these bacteria destroy gum tissue isn’t known, but it’s likely enzymes and toxins produced by the bacteria play a role.
Trench mouth can occur at any age, although it’s rare today in developed nations, especially with the availability of antibiotics.
In developing countries where malnutrition is common and sanitation and good oral hygiene are lacking, trench mouth is more prevalent.
To deal with trench mouth it’s beneficial to:
*Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
*Explore the use of clove oil or fresh clove to alleviate pain and discomfort.
*Explore the use of Goldenseal extract.
*Consider 180 Tea.
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies daily.
*Increase your raw food consumption.
*Choose organic whenever possible.
*Increase essential fats (Omega-3, Flax oil, fish oil).
*Use Dentrifice toothpaste.
*Explore the use of Arnica, a homeopathic remedy, for dental procedures.
*Decrease or eliminate toxic dental care products, like whiteners, mouthwash, etc.
*Decrease or eliminate sugars, hard or sticky candy, etc.
*Decrease or eliminate acid-forming foods and drinks (coffee, soda pop, dairy, red meat, sugar, processed foods, white flour products).
*Decrease exposure to toxic products (cleaners, laundry, personal care, etc.)
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