HIV Patients Need More Time to Devote to Dental Care
Regular dental examinations are a part of life for those people who would like to be healthy, wealthy and wise. The need for regular dental care should never be underestimated. Thanks to the preventative measures in the sphere of dental care, we can keep the teeth in a perfect form. Besides, there are people that are sick with HIV and dental care is not just a notion for them but the way to save life and health of the body.
Simple oral infections can cause serious damages to different parts of the body. That is why HIV positive patients need to exclude any chance to have poor oral or dental health. But, there are a lot of disputes concerning the dependence of HIV patients on their oral health. A lot of dentists stated that the perfect condition of oral health can help those patients receive proper nutrition. Receiving the needed nutrients for HIV positive people is really crucial and it is the main reason why these people need to have a healthy mouth and strong teeth.
If an HIV positive patient experiences dental pain, the needed amount of calories and vitamins will not be provided. In other words, your mouth and teeth should be functional to eat properly. A lot of people do not care for dental health and they usually take it for granted.
A person starts thinking about visiting a dentist just after pain is experienced. In addition to your inability to chew properly, your poor oral health can act as a ground for different bacteria and viruses. People sick with HIV or AIDs have a weak immune system and they appear at a higher risk when they do not care for their dental health. That is why ulcers in the mouth, gum infections can imbalance the immune system and patients with HIV will be predisposed to different serious diseases. Besides, dental health issues are the first signs of HIV infection and if they start to progress, it can just be a predictor of HIV progression.
It is really crucial to determine oral health problems in people with HIV so that to take all the possible measures to prevent any serious infections. The problem is that HIV patients underestimate the importance of regular dental care and they usually demonstrate low motivation to go to the dentist. In addition, the study shows that about 65 percent of patients with HIV could not get dental care for the previous three years. It is a real problem as not each HIV positive patient can afford the cost of dental services.
Not each of them has access to dental insurance provided by an employee. And those who have dental insurance cannot get all the services for free as the coverage is not complete. A patient who needs dental care can address publicly funded dental care options. They are usually provided each year and a patient can get most of basic services.
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