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Can cracker teeth be a side effect of HIV therapy.
Apr 17, 2012

I have been taking HIV therapy medicine for 1 year. In the past 3 months 2 of my teeth have cracked. I also have chipped lower teeth (could be from grinding at night - I wear a bite when I sleep). I've always had strong teeth. I wonder if the medicine I'm taking could cause weakening of teeth.

Response from Dr. Henry

You dont mention which HIV medications you are taking. None of the commonly used HIV medication in the US have been commonly linked to rapid deterioration of tooth enamel/health after initiation of treatment. Oral gum health/vitamin D and calcium deficiency/ and other conditions can contribute so I recommend a good general and dental focused clinical evaluation as well as a discussion with your HIV specialist whether you could be experiencing an unusual complication of HIV treatment. KH



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