Dental health

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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.

Speak to your PLHIV organisation about dental schemes that may be available to you.

For services in NSW go here.

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