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What is necrotizing periodontitis?

Necrotizing periodontitis is a severe infection of the gums caused by the overgrowth of microorganisms that are normally found in the mouth. There are several other names for this condition including trench mouth, Vincent's stomatitis, necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (NUG), and acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG). This acute infection damages the bone and connective tissues that hold the teeth in place.

Necrotizing periodontitis, also called trench mouth, is a serious gum infection that damages the bone and tissue that hold your teeth in place. Necrotizing periodontitis can develop when tiny microorganisms and bacteria overpopulate your mouth.

Symptoms of necrotizing periodontitis include sore and swollen gums and inflammation that can quickly spread around your mouth. Necrotizing periodontitis is treated with antibiotics to kill the infection, or surgery to remove the infected area.

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