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dental/gums problems
Apr 19, 2006

Hi ,

I am suffereing from repeating dental specific gums infections. I am finding myself spendimg lots of moey due to gums surgery oftenly.currently i am on videx+viread+kaltra but my theeth condition is getting worst and worst for many years, well , i had always had beautifull theeth untill started with the cocktail about 10 years ago. I am very frustrated cause actually spending so much money that i do not have. my theet are very weak specialy the front theeth (in which u can see if u look at the light slight cracks, i am very scared of loosing my theeth, read somewhere the Q10 can help, please adivce what can i do in order to maintain my dental situation???

Response from Dr. Henry

You may want to look into the overall health of your bones (any osteoporosis) that could be helped with nutrition support (calcium + vitamin D) and medication if found to be osteoporotic. Viread may be hard on a small subset of patients bones and possible teeth. HIV infected patients often have had severe gum problems which is usually helped by effective antiretroviral therapy. I am concerned about the use of Viread + Videx together in some patients regarding possible toxicity and adverse effect on CD4 counts as another consideration. KH

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