A 51-year-old female asked:
Can cold sores infect teeth and cause an infection to the bone that you are having work done on?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 39 years experience
Cold sores/teeth: Cold sores do not affect the teeth or bone. A cold sore is caused by a viral infection and affects the soft tissues. Initial outbreak usually causes multiple lesions in the mouth, and subsequent lesions often appear in the lip area.
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Orthodontics 53 years experience
Cold sores: Cold sores on lips are viral, not bacterial. Aphthous ulcers/canker sores may be auto-immune, trauma induced, response to some foods, etc, but’s not bacterial. Teeth and gums/bone become infected by bacteria, and can quickly spread to other organ systems. Important that you see your Dentist immediately.
142 viewsReviewed Sep 04, 2019
Last updated Sep 4, 2019
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