Oral Health Care


Oral Health Care

A non-symptomatic HIV-infected individual usually does not require any special consideration when they are planning, or are in the provisions of, dental treatment. However, good oral hygiene is a must for the infected patient. Oral health should be established early in the disease process. Daily brushing and flossing and regular professional care are all important aspects of routine oral hygiene. Individuals should be seeing their dentist at least two times a year for oral examinations and evaluation. If oral lesions or other complications arise, call your dentist.

Dental treatment modifications for patients with HIV are based on the patient’s medical status, and not on HIV status. Complications reported to be associated with dental treatment of patients with HIV infections and AIDS have been rare.

Medications may interfere with dental treatment and cause adverse effects, such as decreased salivary flow. Interactions between some medications may occur. Please make sure that your doctor and your dentist know all the medications you are taking.