Mississippi State Department of Health

Oral Health and HIV


People living with HIV/AIDS experience a high incidence of common oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, as well as problems specific to HIV infection.

At least one-third of people living with HIV will have at least one major HIV-related oral health problem—bacterial, viral, and fungal infections as well as cancer and ulcers—in the course of their disease.

Why It's a Problem for People With HIV

What You Can Do

Good Oral Hygiene

Focus on good oral hygiene: brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day to keep your risk of complications low.

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Dental Visits

If you have HIV, make sure that your medical provider is also aware of your oral health. Get regular dental checkups as well, so that you can learn about possible oral health problems before they become serious, and before they lead to hard-to-manage infections.

Benefit: Overall Health

Poor oral health doesn't just mean tooth decay. Gum disease can allow bacteria into the bloodstream, and increase your risk of heart disease and related illnesses. It can also make diabetes control more difficult.

Need a dentist? Contact MSDH’s Crossroads Dental Clinic in Jackson at (601) 432-3236.

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