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If you suffer from cold sores, you know how stressful and frustrating they can be. Visiting a dentist while you have a cold sore can be worrisome, and can be a trigger for many. Make your dentist an ally and join forces to minimize the chances of an outbreak. 

Talk to your dentist

Explain your worries to your dentist. Dental instruments can cause irritation, so be sure your dentist knows that you are prone to cold sores so that he or she can take the proper precautions.

Call ahead

If you already have a cold sore, call your dentist in advance. Some dentists prefer not to treat patients with an active cold sore as it can be painful and cause bleeding and irritation. It’s usually better to reschedule your appointment until the cold sore heals and is no longer infectious.

Apply a cool compress

If you decide to go to the dentist during an outbreak or your cold sore gets painful, apply a cool compress to temporarily calm symptoms. Use a cool, damp cloth to delicately ease the irritability and redness.