Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG) is a serious infection of the gums that causes ulcers, swelling, and dead tissues 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. Talk with your dentist about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:
American Academy of Periodontology
American Dental Association
Canadian Dental Association
Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated November 30, 2009. Accessed August 18, 2014.
Contreras A, Falkler WA Jr, Enwonwu CO, et al. Herman herpesviridae in acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis in children in Nigeria. Oral Microbiol Immunol. 1997;12:259-265.
Last reviewed August 2014 by Michael Woods, MD
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