Did you know that approximately 60-80% of the population carries the virus? So, it is definitely more common than you think!
What is a cold sore?
Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus and are highly contagious blisters that occur on the lips, cheeks, or chin for many different reasons such as stress and over-exposure to the sun. This virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. There is currently no cure, but the life of an outbreak is usually under 2 weeks. They can be spread when a person touches a cold sore or contacts the infected fluid by sharing eating utensils or razors, or through kissing or touching that person’s saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way.
Cold sores will usually start to heal on their own within a few days and then disappear within a couple of weeks. However, if they cause pain or make you feel self-conscious, they can be treated.
We can help you!
Laser treatment is the most effective way to treat Cold Sores in their early stages. If you catch the lesion in time with laser treatment, you can prevent the cold sore from breaking out. As soon as you feel that tingling sensation that warns you of an on-coming sore, schedule an appointment for a laser treatment. If you already have a full-blown sore, the laser will take away the discomfort and help it to dry up and heal much faster.
The benefits of using a laser in treating cold sores
- Relief is immediate and profound
- It is high tech, yet affordable
- Laser energy destroys the virus that causes the sore
- Help prevent sores if treated once the lip starts tingling
- Arrests the progression of the lesion after treatment
- Faster healing
- Treatment takes just a few minutes and no need for anesthesia
- With laser therapy, the chances of the cold sores appearing again decreases, and should they recur, they are likely to be less severe
- Laser therapy for cold sores is often covered by your dental insurance
Can I come for my appointment if I have a cold sore?
If on the day you have an appointment with the dentist a cold sold appears, it is best to give us a call prior to your appointment. You shouldn’t have to cancel it, we will discuss your options with you.
Treat your cold sores early. Give You Make Me Smile Dental Centre a call as soon as you feel the symptoms of a cold sore coming on!
– You experience tingling, itching or pain around that affected area of your lips or mouth
– A blister appears after tingling, itching or pain around the affected area
– The blister takes 2-3 weeks to heal and breaks open
– Clear fluid secretes from it
– A yellow crust forms over the blister as the area begins to heal