AIDS & Dental Care
- Oral infections and ulcers are common among individuals with immune suppression.
- Thirty to 50 percent of people with AIDS experience severe periodontal disease, which can result in loss of bone and teeth.
- Managing your HIV/AIDS diagnosis includes taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums.
- The best care is preventive, so it's important to see your dentist regularly.
Why Regular Dental Checkups?
Regular check ups are important to help keep your mouth healthy by:
- Preventing tooth decay
- Preventing gum disease
- Assisting with early detection of any HIV-related infections that occur in the mouth
- Helping you avoid potential problems with your gums and teeth that may interfere with eating
Also, professional dental care can help prevent and treat infections that occur in the mouth. Below are some infections that your dentist may help diagnose:
- Oral warts
- Gum disease
- Periodontal disease
- Kaposi's sarcoma
- Hairy leukoplakia
- Oral ulcers
- Oral carcinoma
In addition to getting professional dental care, you must practice good oral hygiene at home. Performing the following will help ensure healthy teeth and gums:
- At least two times a day brush your teeth, tongue and gums
- Floss at least once a day
- Rinse or gargle with mouthwash at least once a day
Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and getting regular dental exams will help you prevent gum and periodontal disease.