Oral Care for People with HIV

By

Cindy Kuzma

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Brush Your Teeth

When you have HIV, good oral health means more than having a bright smile and clean teeth. Between one-third and one-half of people with HIV experience serious problems in their mouths. These issues can cause pain, embarrassment, and trouble eating—which, in turn, depletes your body of the energy it needs to cope with your virus.

For this reason, your HIV care team should include a dentist as a key component. With the right preventive steps and treatment, you can feel better and keep oral health problems from interfering with your life.

Managing HIV goes beyond just taking your medications—you’ve also got to live a healthy life. These patients and physicians share how you can give your body what it needs to thrive with HIV.

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