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Teeth
      #91514 - 03/07/04 07:58 PM

Does anyone out there get cavities all the time? I get probably 10 per year. I brush and floss 2 times per day. I cant stop it. I think it could be because of the hiv.

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Re: Teeth new
      #91676 - 03/09/04 08:20 PM

From my what my doctor tells me it is related. He is always telling me to keep up with the dentist. Get Dental Cleanings every 6 months. Because your mouth has a lot of bacteria in it that sometimes your immune system cannot contol. And myself, my partoid glands (salivary) glands are not working very well because of the HIV and that can cause problems with teeth and gums as well as other things. My doctor also reminds me that your teeth are a very important part of your health that should not be neglected. Because if it is than it can affect other organs. So KEEP brushing, flossing, and see your dentist regularly! Also I have been told by many dentist that drinking carbonated pop with slowly erode stuff on your teeth. I think in a couple of years I will have had every tooth filled, some even twice. But I'm not as deligent as you with the home care. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

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Re: Teeth new
      #91683 - 03/09/04 10:25 PM

I drink a lot of soda. I am going to stop now. I also breath out of my mouth at night which dries it out, but I always did and did not get cavities.
I am getting more fillings next week and then scaling. I will then have them cleaned every 3 months. I have 2 fillings in most of my molars. Can you guess how long after you contracted this that you started getting cavities a lot? It seems like about 5 years but I dont know for sure. I;m not on meds yet but thinking about starting soon. Will that stop the cavities?

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Re: Teeth new
      #91715 - 03/10/04 07:37 AM

I recently found out I was pos...I never had problems with my teeth until I had children...I thought that was the cause of my teeth problem...I don't know when I contracted hiv...but my hiv specialist told me it does affect my teeth...since then I have eight teeth that had to be pulled...I too brush and floss often...I just seem to get worse...

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Re: Teeth new
      #91775 - 03/10/04 11:55 PM

I don't know too much about dry mouth. Except you might try "Salivart" at night, it is for moistening your mouth and throat. I use it and it works better than nothing. You can get it at any pharmacy they keep it behind the counter, but you don't need a prescription.
I don't remember when exactly I started getting the cavities, probably about 7 years ago when I went to the dentist for the first time in years. I was Diagnosed w/HIV about 13 years ago cd4=494. I'm not a Doctor or a Dentist, but HIV meds MAY help, but ask your Doctor. I wouldn't think he would want to start you on meds based on your teeth. I have been on meds since diagnosed and I still have quite a few cavities. Try going to a trusted Health Food store and ask them what you can do to help your teeth. Sometimes they are very helpful. But before you go taking any new pill, even if it is herbal, consult your doctor first. Herbals can have side effects too, they just don't have to list them. Be persistent and don't give up.

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Re: Teeth new
      #91865 - 03/11/04 07:48 PM

Broken Angel,

I have been to many doctors. None of them even have a clue or care if they do. I now understand why malpractice suites are so common. I never did until I had to go to the doctor.

I post on this board because of that fact. Maybe someone out there has a clue. I am not offering advise but I know that this is not just a coincidence. This is a national problem.

I will not ask my doctor anything. I do my research and try to communicate it to him.

Sounds dumd huh?

He in turn rejects what I say and then two weeks later has his secretary call me to ask me if I want to do what I suggested to begin with wording it different.

I suppose it must be after he researched it.

I do have what would be noted as "the best" ID doctor on this.

His practice is in the capital of NY.

Well, the lesson here is Don't listen to your doctor. He will be what kills you.

P.S.

Why do you call yourself Broken Angel?

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Re: Teeth new
      #91989 - 03/12/04 07:55 PM

Sorry to hear you have had such a terrible time with doctors.

I have a Doctor that is similiar in some ways to yours. He sometimes changes his story from appt to appt, makes me feel stupid and overeacting for reporting to him things. But usually between the nurses and talking to him directly about his treatment re-sparks his humanity.

What I try and understand is that it must be a hard duty to constantly fight for peoples lives with limited knowledge day in and out (developing friendships along the way). I also try and remind myself...he's kept me alive for 13 years now he must know what he is doing. And as I have learned unfortunately the hard way, medicine is not a perfect science and HIV just makes it harder.

That being said...if you are having just a bummer of a time with your PCP (even if he is the best), maybe you should call some kind of LOCAL HIV/AIDS foundation and ask for a referral to a Doctor who suits your needs and can work WITH YOU. Because your attitude and trust towards your treatment means alot.

I call myself broken angel, because of a picture I got off the internet that reminds me of me. An Angel just a little Broken (HIV). Corny, but what can I say, my husband says it fits.

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