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The Importance of Dental Care

Posted by pozlife on June 11, 2008

 

From Mark Cichocki, R.N.,
Your Guide to AIDS / HIV.
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Five years ago, Reuters Health reported the following:

“Regular oral health exams by a dentist for people with HIV are important because people with compromised immune systems will generally have the first symptoms show up in their mouth.”

In fact a study in 2001 by Kevin C. Heslin of UCLA reported that 90% of people living with HIV have at least one dental manifestation of the disease. The study went on to say that any HIV Health care entity that does not provide dental care as a part of their program is not meeting the needs of their patients. So the importance of good dental care in the management of HIV is clear. Your About Guide has collected some dental resources from across the Internet to help you maintain your dental health.

About’s Dental Site
Dental Guide Tammy Davenport tells us about oral health issues associated with HIV and AIDS.

Oral Health Issues Associated With HIV / AIDS
Dental Guide Tammy Davenport tells us about oral health issues associated with HIV and AIDS.

The Problem of Thrush
Thrush can affect anyone with any CD4 count. This annoying problem can be treated if recognized.

Top 10 Things Your Dentist Wants You to Know
These dental facts can help put you on the right path to good dental health and avoid having dental problems in the future.

Dental Health Issues Associated With HIV / AIDS
Changes in the mouth are common in a person with a weakened immune system and also while taking certain medications. Many of the medications prescribed for a person with HIV / AIDS can also contribute to changes in the mouth.

Thanks to About’s Dental Guide, Tammy Davenport for the wonderful dental information.

The Importance of Dental Care

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