The cold sore/shingles virus is very common and is carried by much of the population. Cold sores and shingles are highly infectious and capable of spreading to other parts of the body. Once you have been infected, the virus lies dormant. The virus can subsequently be reactivated, and it is the reactivation that presents as a cold sore on the lips or bumps on the body.
At our practice we will not treat anyone who has cold sores or shingles 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 face/mouth 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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