Polished Dental Hygiene Vancouver Cold Sore PSA
An active cold sore can spread to the eyes and cause blindness during a dental hygiene appointment! A scary and very real thought.
Cold sores are caused by a very contagious virus that can spread in the aerosols produced during dental hygiene procedures.
It is proper protocol to reschedule dental hygiene procedures until the cold sore vesicle has scabbed over.
Sometimes, laser treatment can be completed on cold sores (not within British Columbia dental hygiene scope of practice) but it is always recommended to reschedule any dental hygiene appointments until cold sores have started to heal.