2011 World AIDS Day

HIV/AIDS Awareness

World AIDS Day is December 1, 2011. This year’s theme is “Leading with Science, Uniting for Action.” HIV damages the immune system and can result in AIDS. Millions of people around the world suffer from this devastating epidemic. The United Nations presents World AIDS Day on December 1 every year to remember…

HIV/AIDS Awareness

World AIDS Day is December 1, 2011. This year’s theme is “Leading with Science, Uniting for Action.” HIV damages the immune system and can result in AIDS. Millions of people around the world suffer from this devastating epidemic. The United Nations presents World AIDS Day on December 1 every year to remember those who have been lost and to continue fighting for those who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

How Does a Weakened Immune System Affect My Mouth?

A weakened immune system causes complications in many systems in the body. In addition to difficulties fighting infection, HIV or AIDS affects other structures in the mouth. HIV or AIDS can lead to dry mouth (xerostomia), thrush (oral yeast infection), swollen salivary glands, canker sores (aphthuos ulcers), sores from herpes simplex virus, warts from human papilloma virus, and oral bacterial infections, like periodontal disease (gum disease).

HIV-AIDS in the Dentist Office

Always tell Dr. Erpenbach and our dental team about your medical conditions. We are a part of your health care team. Keep in mind that your mouth is the gateway to the body. Many studies show that good oral health is linked to good overall health. If you are HIV positive, keeping your oral health pristine could have a direct impact on your health.

Our team always promotes basic best oral care, such as brushing teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, using fluoride mouthwash and toothpaste, and visiting Dr. Erpenbach regularly for checkups, cleanings, and restorative dentistry, when necessary.

Best Dental Practice

If you have HIV/AIDS, our team will show you how to examine your mouth to look for suspicious changes and potential problems. Since changes in your mouth can happen relatively fast, self-examination between dental visits is important.  In addition to your self-checkups, it is crucial to visit Dr. Erpenbach for regular six-month checkups while your immune system is doing well. If your immune system begins to deteriorate, ask Dr. Erpenbach if you need more frequent dental visits.

Talk to Dr. Erpehbach today about the symbiotic relationship your mouth has with the rest of your body. Call 865-329-7815 to schedule your appointment at your local Knoxville dentist office.