There is very little literature or information about the need for dental care prior to starting therapy. A new study of 750 HCV patients (296 women) with a mean age of 57.2 years found that six patients could not start therapy because of dental disease.
Comment: In addition to having a dental exam and treatment if needed prior to HCV therapy every effort should be made to brush and floss during daily while on treatment and to drink plenty of fluids. Interferon is well known to cause dry mouth and could lead to dental decay and gum problems.
Source: Author: Yumiko NagaoMichio Sata
Credits/Source: Virology Journal 2010, 7:192