El Dorado Family Dental
Cosmetic Dentistry in El Dorado Hills, CA

What do I do for a cold sore?

Cold sores are also known as fever blisters, and they are caused by a virus. These tiny blisters often appear around the mouth and can be singular or erupt in clusters. When the blister breaks, you may notice a scab that can last for up to a week or longer.

Cold Sores Are Contagious

Because cold sores are contagious, we ask that you not visit the dentist if you notice the telltale signs—a blister on the lips or a cluster of blisters.

Your dentist in El Dorado Hills, CA recommends keeping the area clean, and you can also treat with over-the-counter creams like docosanol. It’s important to follow the directions when you use a store-bought cream for best results. You may also want to see your doctor for a definitive diagnosis.

If a cold sore is preventing you from seeing the dentist, be sure to practice excellent oral hygiene in the meantime. For dental hygiene in El Dorado Hills, CA, your dentist recommends brushing and flossing at least twice per day.

Reschedule Your Appointment If You Have A Cold Sore

After you’ve recovered from your cold sore, we invite you to schedule a dental exam and professional teeth cleaning.

Reach out to a dental team member to get started.

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