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Tips for Teeth Care during Treatment.

Tips for Teeth Care During Treatment

The hepatitis C virus usually lasts for a few months. It is important to take care all the details regarding your health before you begin treatment. This includes your mouth. It will help to keep a smile on your face through the whole process!

Talking to your dentist

Schedule your checkup and cleaning a few weeks before starting treatment. When you arrive, you may want to let the dentist know that you have HCV. If you have low platelets or problems with bleeding, they should be warned ahead of time. I’ve had major bleeding with my gums and my dentist was ready.

Your doctor should be using proper sterilization to insure that you will be handled with clean equipment before and after treatment. There have been a few problems where someone was exposed to HCV in a dental office. Gloves, masks, and sterile equipment are the standard for good dentistry. On that note, some patients confided in me that they felt judged by their dentist. I told them to find another provider. No one should feel discriminated against because of health concerns. Every office should have equal sterile practices for everyone.

During the cleaning and x-rays, they may find a cavity. Go ahead and arrange for the work to be done. If it is a simple filling, all the better. If you have to have extensive work, set up a plan over a few weeks.

My tips

Once your mouth is healthy and you have your winning smile back, be sure and follow these tips:

  • Floss between all of your teeth with a dental tape or floss at least 2 times daily.
  • Brush your teeth with a soft bristle brush. Stiffer brushes are too hard on your gums.
  • Electronic type brushes are great and use vibrations to clean your teeth and gums.
  • On the top, brush down and toward the tooth. This gently pushes your gums down to prevent receding gum lines.
  • On the bottom, brush up for the same reason.
  • Little circles are good to remove all food debris stuck between teeth.
  • Brush your tongue gently or use a tongue scraper to get rid of any particles that can cause bad breath.
  • A forced water device can help to wash your gums and help circulation also.
  • If you have any bleeding while brushing a good peroxide rinse can be helpful. Keep massaging those gums gently and they will toughen up.
  • About fluoride: I choose to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. I’ve had a lot of decay in the past few years. It does help to protect enamel. That’s your call. Talk to your dentist.
  • Get a balanced diet and good nutrition. Malnourishment can weaken your teeth and gums.
  • Buy extra helps for dental care and carry them with you. I always have little brushes that my granddaughter used when she had braces. Floss threaders can be helpful if you have a bridge.

I had my teeth cleaned before treatment. Then I had a few fillings after my long treatment. The older drugs were very harsh and I lost a lot of weight. With today’s treatments, you should finish in no time with a beautiful smile. It will be a smile of relief that you no longer have the virus!

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.


  • TommyO
    2 months ago

    I didn’t go to dentist before treatment and almost done wish I would have read up in this earlier wondering if that’s how I got it from dentist .

  • Karen Hoyt moderator author
    2 months ago

    First off – Congrats on almost finishing treatment! Are you having problems with your teeth now? Do your best to keep your mouth healthy and then get a check up when you can.
    It’s a common problem with Hep C to have tenderness or decay and it gets better when your Whole body feels better.
    Most dentists who didn’t sterilize are out of practice now. Some local health departments track that kind of thing. If you suspect that You got it from your dentist, you can call the health department.
    All best and so happy for your cure!
    Karen, Moderator

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