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4.07 Gingivitis


The patient will complain of generalized severe pain of the gums, often with a foul taste or odor. The gingiva will appear edematous and red with a grayish necrotic membrane between the teeth. The gums bleed on gentle touch and there is loss of gingival tissue, especially the interdental papillae. The patient is usually afebrile and shows no sign of systemic disease.

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Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis is also known as Vincent's angina or trench mouth. This condition is usually seen in patients who practice poor oral hygiene, are under stress, smoke, ad sometimes, have immune deficiencies. Systemic diseases that may simulate the appearance of ANUG include infectious mononucleosis, leukemia, aplastic anemia and agranulocytosis.

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