Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG) is a serious infection of the gums that causes ulcers, swelling, and dead tissues in the mouth.
Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis is typically caused by excess bacteria in the mouth.
ANUG most often impacts people who are 35 years of age and younger. Factors that may increase the risk of ANUG include excess bacteria in the mouth due to:
Symptoms may include:
You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A dental exam will be done.
Images may be taken of your teeth and face. This can be done with x-rays.
Although ANUG is a painful condition, it can be treated. Treatment may include:
To help reduce your chances of ANUG:
American Academy of Periodontology
Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association
Canadian Dental Association
Dental Hygiene Canada
Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis. Merch Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/dental-disorders/periodontal-disorders/acute-necrotizing-ulcerative-gingivitis-anug. Updated June 2017. Accessed August 21, 2017.
Atout RN, Todescan, S, J Can Dent Assoc 2013;79:d46. Available at: http://www.jcda.ca/article/d46. Accessed September 18, 2017.
Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP Last Updated: 9/16/2016