Oral Hygiene and HIV

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Overlooking oral healthcare is really important when you are dealing with HIV. In this disease one of the first signs of infection happens in mouth. Oral health can be an important indicator of how HIV is affecting your body.

Anyone can have oral health problems, but HIV disease can make you more susceptible to:

  • Oral warts, which can also progress to oral cancer
  • Fever blisters
  • Oral hairy Leukoplakia
  • Thrush
  • Canker sores (Aphthous Ulcer)
  • Cavities
  • Gum disease (Periodontitis and Gingivitis)
    Moreover, in people with HIV/AIDS, bacterial infections in the mouth such as tooth decay can become more serious and if not treated, spread into your bloodstream. Patient also experiences dry mouth as a result of HIV medications which increases the risk of tooth decay and can make eating and even talking difficult.

The important thing is that many common oral problems caused by HIV infection can be treated, hence the best ways to avoid these problems include:

  • Seeing dentist regularly for cleaning and asking about the best way to care for your mouth and teeth.
  • Brushing and cleaning your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Flossing your teeth once daily.
  • Using suitable mouthwash like Vi-one Antifungal Mouthwash twice a day.