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How Is Your Dental Care?

How Is Your Dental Care?

If you, or someone you know, is living with HIV/AIDS, the American Dental Association recommends that dental health care be part of all HIV/AIDS treatment plans. That’s because people living with HIV/AIDS are more susceptible to infections including dental infections, which can affect their overall health
Your mouth may be the first part of your body to be affected when infected with HIV. Because infection with HIV will weaken your immune system, this means you will be susceptible to… read more

posted August 4, 2020
A myHIVteam Member

@A myHIVteam Member my liver stopped functioning for close to a year then it healed.... Thank God it can regenerate if only a little portion exists. I was pretty sick, I couldn't get out of bed and couldn't eat much. I slept a majority of the time

posted August 6, 2020
A myHIVteam Member

I went yesterday, x-rays, cleaning and had a perfect visit. It's important for me to keep up on my visits not just because of my HIV, but also because of my long meth abuse history. Meth pulls the calcium from your system. That's why so many meth users lose their teeth. I'm very blessed because I only lost a couple in the back, but I was still going while i was using...still not a good idea.
Bone loss in your jaw is a major problem for meth users, and that bone loss causes gum recession which also contributes to tooth loss.
I've been clean now for 22 years. I can't stress enough the importance for good dental care. There are programs available for those that don't have insurance. Please check them out.
If you have a case worker at your HIV docs office, they are an excellent resource...use them.
God bless y'all and have a great day!!!
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posted August 11, 2020 (edited)
A myHIVteam Member

well I on the other hand I had a bad dental i actually had to contact the Ryan White act to have them help me get dentures. I had to have all of my teeth removed because I had very bad bone loss, I feel that's due to taking truvada for so long. Cause now a days they found truvada to be linked to ppl. With hiv/Aids of bone loss.

posted August 4, 2020
A myHIVteam Member

This is an instance where I am thankful that the clinic where my id pcp works also has its own dental clinic :) .
I am thankful because the very same clinic is where I got my first set of dentures ( before Medicare started ) so the cost was out of pocket but since they accepted payments of as low as five dollars a month it was nice to once again have a full set of teeth and not break the bank to get them :) .

posted August 4, 2020
A myHIVteam Member

I'm just like Axelteran, so go pretty much monthly for adjustments to my dental braces, plus get my teeth cleaned twice a year along with an annual check up with x-rays. Use a water pick and Philips Sonicare electric tooth brush.

Going to the dentist is a positive painless experience for me. I'm openly gay and poz there and never get any kind of negative pushback, if anything extremely supportive of who I am ;)

Jacy

posted August 10, 2020

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