HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that compromises the body’s immune system and leaves it defenseless against simple
infections and illnesses. If left unattended, HIV will eventually develop into AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) which is the last stage of HIV before death because the body can no longer fight infections. HIV, just like with every infection that hits the body including the flu, the mouth is usually the first place to be attacked. The earliest symptoms of HIV and AIDS are found in the mouth because of the decreased immunity. It is not uncommon for people with HIV to start losing teeth, having bad breath and experiencing weakness on their teeth so they can’t
chew. These HIV teeth symptoms are very rare but also treatable especially if they are caught early. You can check out toothimplantssydney.com.au for additional information regarding HIV/AIDS patient’s dental care. Meanwhile, here are some of the common HIV teeth symptoms;
- sore bleeding
- gums herpes
- soresfungal/yeast infection in the mouth
- swollen lymph glands on the neck
- periodontal disease
- dry mouth and
- canker sores
How to Treat HIV Teeth Symptoms
The best thing about HIV is that it’s very manageable and so are the symptoms. A patient who finds out they have HIV after getting tested should immediately get on retroviral drugs also known as ARVS. These drugs are meant to boost your immune system so the body can be able to fight infections.
A strict dental hygiene routine will also play a role in ensuring dental health and protect you from tooth loss. You should brush your
teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. Using some mild mouth wash will also kill the bacteria in your mouth and protect you from canker sores and other infections. Don’t forget to see the dentist at least twice a year and more often if you have any issues with your teeth, gums or tongue.
Lastly, it’s very important to follow a strict diet that includes a lot of proteins and vitamins as well vitamin and mineral supplements.
You should not smoke or take street drugs while you are HIV positive as that will only worsen the condition especially in your mouth.