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Oral Cavities and HIV
May 30, 2004

Are HIV-positives more likely to have oral cavities when their CD4 count is low, especially below 200? Or is the risk for cavities the same for HIV-positives as it is for everyone else, based on oral hygiene, eating habits, dental check-ups, and genetics? What can you tell about this subject?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your question.

Persons with HIV are more prone to dental issues, and though I'm no dentist, my take on this is that dental disease is a greater problem for those with lower CD4 counts (more advanced HIV disease). Either way, making sure that you get periodic dental care and maintaining good dental hygiene (including, yes, flossing) is probably not a bad idea. BY

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