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Cold Sores: The Monster Lurking on Your Lips

Posted on January 27th, 2015

Cold SoresIf you have ever had a cold sore, you know how embarrassing they can be and how isolated they can make you feel. It should make you feel better to know that you are not alone: cold sores affect a whopping 8 out of 10 people. This may seem high, but even if you don’t remember getting a cold sore, you could still be a carrier, as most people are exposed to the virus before the age of seven. Some people who have been infected might not display any symptoms at all, and may never actually have an outbreak.

There is an urban legend floating around the internet that you can contract cold sores during your dentist appointment, but that is simply not true. Dassani Dentistry sterilizes everything we use and take as many precautions as possible to avoid transmission of diseases between staff, other patients, and you. The fact is, you probably got the cold sore from kissing or sharing drinks someone who had an active breakout.

Cold sores really are a type of the herpes virus, which unfortunately means it never leaves your body, staying in a “sleeping” state until something causes a recurrence. The sores usually appear on or around the lips, in the form of a blister that goes through a series of stages throughout a span of about 8 to 12 days. If you have a sore inside your mouth it is almost certainly a canker sore and not a cold sore. Dr. Meghna Dassani will be able to tell you what condition is affecting you and what your treatment options are.

Things that can trigger a recurrence include: stress, another illness, being run-down, a poor diet, drinking too much alcohol and basically anything that weakens your immune system. If you know you get cold sores, let Dr. Dassani know before your appointment, especially one that involves a lengthy procedure. The trauma to your lips that can occur during this type of visit could trigger an outbreak or, if you are already having an outbreak on the day of your appointment Dr. Meghna Dassani may want to reschedule.


Dr. Meghna Dassani, DMD

About Meghna Dassani, DMD

Dr. Meghna Dassani received her initial dental training from the University of Mumbai, India, where she graduated in 1996 as Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). After working as an associate for one year, she established her own practice in Mumbai, India. She successfully operated this practice for six years prior to moving to the US. When Dr. Meghna Dassani is not in the office she is at home being a mommy to her 2 beautiful girls and enjoying time relaxing with her husband. Since opening her own practice in 2011 she doesn’t have a lot of free time but when the time allows she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, visiting with friends and family and of course SHOPPING with a Starbucks in her hand!

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