Trench Mouth also known as ANUG (acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis) has had an interesting and checkered history since it was described by “Vincent” in 1896 and “Plaut” in 1894. Although the number of cases appearing in a typical dental practice is exceeding small, the nature of this type of periodontal disease excites interest far beyond its importance in the general periodontal spectrum.
It has been many decades since necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis, then known as “Vincent’s infection”, was considered a highly contagious quasi-venereal, requiring isolation or at least segregation of patients suffering from it. Very likely the spirochete found in great numbers on the oral lesions of necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis alarmed a profession and public with little knowledge of the disease.
In the first World War, necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis achieved a certain notoriety because of an extensive incidence and was referred to as “Trench Mouth”. It was then that it achieved its reputation for contagious properties and virulence. Subsequent experience with the disease proved its reputation in these directions unfounded.
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