From The War Fields To Whistler: The Prevalence Of Trench Mouth

party scene causes trench mouth in Whistler

You would never expect it looking up at the beautiful peaks hovering above town, that a disease so common during WWI, and so rare to most dentists, is a weekly occurrence in Whistler.


Acute Necrotising Ulcerative Gingivitis (ANUG) or more commonly known as Trench Mouth, is an aggressive infection of the gums that millions of young soldiers suffered from during the Great War.

Poor diets, severe psychological stress, smoking habits, little sleep, and lack of routine oral care took its toll on the soldiers’ bodies and their mouths showed it.

Irreversible Damage

Fast forward one hundred years and we are seeing this archaic infection once again in Whistler. With Trench Mouth, the gums start to ulcerate, bleed, and erode away- painfully, and often aggressively. It can look like someone has taken a hole puncher to the gums, leaving a white rim around the edges. This infection can have a very sudden onset, and if left untreated, can lead to severe and irreversible damage to the gums as well as the supporting bone around your teeth.

Most dentists might see one, maybe two cases of Trench Mouth over their entire career. Yet at Whistler Dental, we see this on a shockingly regular occurrence – as often as several times a week!


While Whistler can be a mecca for the Party Monster, people who often partake must be extra aware of their health and body. The consequences of ignoring the signs can be catastrophic and in some cases, irreparable. Contributing factors to Trench Mouth include: emotional stress, taking illicit drugs, inadequate sleep, smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, and poor nutrition.

Book A Check-Up

April is Oral Health Month, so if it’s been more than a year since you’ve seen a dentist, do yourself a favour, invest in your health, and book in for a check-up and clean.

If you also feel your gums are getting sore, ulcerative or bleed, please don’t put it off – teeth and gums don’t heal themselves – we are here to help! Book an appointment online or call (604) 932-3677