Dental care is important for everyone but often needs particular attention for people with HIV.
PLHIV tend to suffer from more gum disease and a higher level of decay. This is often due to a lack of sufficient saliva, a side affect of HIV and medications, as well as other factors such as smoking, dehydration and recreational drug use. Emotional factors such as stress and anxiety can cause a higher likelihood of teeth clenching and grinding. This can cause wearing of the teeth and make teeth sore and sensitive.
Expense prevents many PLHIV from seeing a dentist every six months and this can mean infections go undetected for longer.
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