Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis. ANUG is a condition of the mouth commonly called “trench mouth”. It is caused by a bacterial infection of the gums; necrotizing periodonatal disease. It is a progressive painful infection with ulcerations, swelling, and sloughing off of dead tissue from the mouth and throat area, due to the spread of infection from the gums.
ANUG, or trench mouth, occurs with higher prevalence in association with other diseases in which the immune system is compromised. Smoking and poor nutrition contribute to this disease as well.
Some sign and symptoms include:
- Painful, bright red gums that bleed upon gentle munipulation.
- Necrosis and/ or ulceration of the gum around and between teeth.
Treatment includes professional therapy available through our highly trained hygiene department. Our hygienists will irrigate and debride the necrotic areas. (Areas of dead and/ or dying gum tissue.) In many cases a site specific antibiotic, such as Arestin or Atridox, can be placed. Treatment is effective and can be successful if regular maintenance appointments are kept along with excellent home care.