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Dental Health

Both HIV and some HIV treatments can reduce the amount of saliva in your mouth, which can lead to tooth decay.

People with HIV are also more likely to have other oral health problems such as oral fungal, bacterial, or viral infections during the early stages of HIV infection.

Emotional factors such as stress and anxiety, nutritional factors, as well as some HIV medications can cause a higher likelihood of teeth clenching and grinding. This can cause wearing of the teeth and make teeth sore and sensitive.

The best way to address these health issues is to have regular six monthly dental check-ups.

Talk to your local  AIDS council or people living with HIV organisation about dental schemes that may be available to assist with the cost.

Tell your dentist about any medical conditions you have, including your HIV status, and medications you are taking.

This page was published on 19 September, 2011

This page was reviewed on 23 December 2015