Infectious stomatitis is characterized by the inflammation of the mucus membranes that line the mouth or oral cavity of reptiles. It is commonly seen in snakes, turtles, and lizards. It is thought that the cause of the infection is the bacteria commonly found in the mouth of reptiles. The first signs that can be seen in reptiles suffering from infectious stomatitis are very small reddish spots in their mouth. These spots will eventually get worse, firm, and dry if appropriate treatment is not given. Diseased tissue will soon form along the tooth row and gums. In severe cases, the infection can spread to the bony structures of the oral cavity. If the problem remains untreated, it can lead to the development of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections.
In severe cases, surgery may be needed to remove all dead and damaged tissue in order to expose the healthy tissue. Your veterinarian may also prescribe antibiotics and a lot of supportive therapy to help them make a full recovery. See details here.