The cold sore virus is very common and is carried by up to 80% of the population. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex I (HSV). Cold sores are highly infectious and capable of spreading to other parts of the body. Once you have been infected, the virus lies dormant in the nerves that supply feeling to the face and mouth. The virus can subsequently be reactivated, and it is the reactivation that present as cold sore on the lips.
At our practice we will not treat anyone who has a cold sore present in the early stage as this is when the virus is highly contagious. Once a hard scab has formed and isn’t in a prominent place on the lips then we can see you for treatment, usually about a week later.
If you would like to discuss treatment options, let Dr. Henry or your hygienist know when you are being seen.
It is important for you to contact the office to reschedule non-emergency dental treatment if you develop a cold sore and are not in the healing state.
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