At Welshmill Dental we are very aware that not everybody likes to come and see us.
Don’t worry – you’re not alone and we don’t take it personally. We are trained to put you at ease and treat many nervous and phobic patients. Whilst they may never admit to enjoying the experience, they are always pleasantly surprised that we take the time to listen to their worries. No matter how bad you think your teeth are, trust me, we have seen worse. We will never laugh, judge you, or force treatment upon you. Rather we will perform any agreed treatment painlessly and in a caring manner. Our nurses even offer a hand to hold – we just ask you not to squeeze too tightly as they will need it back again afterwards.
The facts and symptoms.
Cold sores are small blisters that develop either on the lips or around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus.
A cold sore normally starts with a tingling or itching sensation around your mouth. Small fluid-filled sores then begin to appear, most commonly on the edges of your lower lip.
People can get a cold sore when they are generally run down, or ill with cold/flu. Also, sunlight can often bring on an outbreak of cold sores.
A cold sore is most infectious when it is blistering. I know it’s easier said than done, but you must try to avoid touching cold sores, or attempting to squeeze them as you can pass the virus on. If you happen to touch the affected area you must wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Cold sores usually clear up by themselves in about 7-14 days, fortunately there are Antiviral creams, such as acyclovir that you can get from a Pharmacist which can ease the pain and help the sores heal more quickly.
Our advice to you.
At Welshmill Dental Care Centre we recommend that you wait until your cold sore has completely healed before attending an appointment. Not only because of the high risk of spreading the virus but also because your lips may feel sore and could crack or bleed during treatment.
So if you do get a cold sore and you have an appointment arranged, please give us a call with as much notice as possible and we can reschedule your appointment.