Cold Sore Myths That Could Lead to Oral Health Problems if You Believe Them
Posted on 4/20/2019 by Neil Starr DDS PC
It is estimated that between 50 to 80% of adults have had at least one cold sore in their lives. Although cold sores are very common, no one wants to get this particular virus.
There are lots of reasons why. First, cold sores are caused by a herpes virus- and no one is excited about hearing the word herpes- ever. Second, cold sores can be very difficult to get rid of, sometimes lasting for as long as two weeks.
If you have a cold sore, you are probably looking to get rid of it as soon as possible. We don't blame you. But be careful, because some of the methods you might use to try and get rid of the cold sore may cause problems for your oral health. Not sure what we mean? Keep reading.
Cold Sore Myths
One of the oldest cold sore myths is that you can use tea bags to rid yourself of the cold sore. Not only will this not work, but you could be staining your teeth in the process, which we know you don't want. Second, many people believe that if you just ignore the cold sore, it will go away on its own.
While in the past, it was much more difficult to treat a cold sore than it is now, there are creams now available that will speed up the healing time of a cold sore. Doing nothing about a cold sore means that the cold sore could spread- and the last place you want a virus is in your mouth.
If you have been plagued with the cold sore virus, and need help, give us a call. We have some solutions for you, not only to prevent breakouts, but for getting rid of them as quickly as possible. Call us today!