A 24-year-old female asked:
At the dentist office today, i was laying down in the chair with my mouth open while the dentist was talking and looking at my teeth. mid-sentence a drop of his spit flew in my mouth! what are my chances of contracting oral herpes? he didn't have any sore
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
A Verified Doctoranswered
Dentistry 38 years experience
Low risk: You have a low risk of herpes.
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Dr. Howard Schneideranswered
Pediatric Dentistry 36 years experience
Very low: Unless the dentist had an active infection at the time your chances of getting any kind of illness from this incident is very, very low. That being said, I would switch dentists. Any time a dentist is talking "over" a patient they should be wearing a mask. This simple procedure protects both the patient and the dentist from unwanted exposure to germs when they are in each others personal space.
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Last updated Jun 23, 2016
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