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What You Can Do About Cold Sores and Canker Sores

December 19, 2017

Every year, millions of Americans suffer from painful and often unsightly cold sores (also called fever blisters) and canker sores. There is no cure for either of these conditions, and traditional treatments are often palliative and not very effective

However, recent studies have shown that certain dental lasers are very effective in reducing cold sores and can even eliminate pain after one treatment. If laser treatment is provided during the prodromal stage—the initial burning/tingling stage before the sore actually forms—it may prevent an outbreak altogether.

And, once an area has been treated with a laser, the canker sore or cold sore is very unlikely to come back in that same location. Longitudinal research studies are still being conducted to confirm these findings.

So the next time you feel a cold sore or a canker sore coming on, call your dentist as soon as possible to go in for a laser treatment to help prevent a full-blown outbreak.

The information contained in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional dental or medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment. Always consult a qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding any possible health condition.

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