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How Oral Herpes Can Alter Your Oral Health

Posted on 8/9/2021 by Northstar Dental
How Oral Herpes Can Alter Your Oral HealthIf you suffer from oral herpes, you probably understand the annoyance that comes with this simple virus. Painful sores on your lips, gums, tongue, the roof of your mouth, and inside your cheeks are just a few places where oral herpes surfaces. It can be embarrassing and life-altering as you cope with the uncomfortable symptoms of oral herpes.

Stages of Oral Herpes

If you contract oral herpes through infected saliva or skin-to-skin contact, you can expect this virus to run its course. Unfortunately, you will probably have to endure three stages. First, the virus enters your skin and reproduces. Oral sores appear during this first stage. After this stage, the virus reproduces again and becomes inactive. Lastly, when you have a surge of stress in your life, the virus may reactivate and produce new sores and symptoms.

Oral Herpes and Your Oral Health

You can imagine if you have oral sores on your lips, gums, tongue, the roof of your mouth, and your oral health will be affected inside your cheeks. The sores can be painful and alter your brushing routine. Bacteria is opportunistic and will invade any areas that are not brushed clean of food debris in your mouth. Bacteria can lead to tooth decay. Further, patients with oral herpes are more prone to gum disease as herpes can cause damage to the tissue of the gums.

Schedule Your Routine Cleaning

If you suffer from oral herpes, it is important to seek treatment. Given the nature of this virus and the high probability that it will reoccur, it is crucial to be proactive and seek help. If you do not, your oral health could suffer as you are not able to keep your mouth as clean as you should with oral herpes. Give our office a call today for more information. Make sure you visit our office every six months so we can help you keep your mouth clean in the presence of oral herpes.

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