Dental Care for HIV Patients

Dental Care for HIV PatientsFor those that have been diagnosed with HIV, regular trips to our Los Angeles dentist may be something that has been left by the wayside.  This can be a sad event when years of research on this disease have shown that oral health conditions were a frequent and major problem of HIV-infected individuals.   Here is a look at some of the leading issues that those with HIV should remain aware of in regards to their oral health.

HIV is a disease that severely impacts the immune system.  This can wreak havoc on oral health and lead to much higher rates of countless diseases and bacterial infections.  One of the most common problems comes down to the average cavity.  Dry mouth and a reduced immune system may lead to a buildup of plaque and bacteria that will result in issues with the gums and cavities.  Other problems may include in increase in the risk of thrush, canker sores, herpes simplex, and opportunistic tumors.

As with patients of all types, preventative care is vital.  This not only requires a dental exam every few months, it also means that extra care must be given to all daily oral hygiene habits.  Those with HIV should also remain aware any abnormalities in their mouth including swelling, red patches, white patches, bleeding, or anything else that is out of the ordinary.
Part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle after being diagnosed with HIV is going to come down to oral health.  Contact our dentist today to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

Source: Cosmetic Dentist Los Angeles
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