Prevention and Treatment

Careful flossing and toothbrushing can prevent periodontal disease, especially if combined with twice yearly polishing and removal of calculus at a dental office. Periodontal disease can be treated in its earlier stages by cleaning out the inflamed gingival crevice and removing plaque and calculus. In advanced cases, surgery is usually required to expose and clean the roots of the teeth.

Trench Mouth

Trench mouth (figure 24.6), also known as Vincent's disease, or acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG), is a severe, acute condition distinct from other forms of periodontitis. The disease was rampant among soldiers living in trenches during World War I because they were unable to attend to mouth care— thus its name.

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