Dental Concerns

See also Dental Concerns for Antiviral Drugs. General

1. Document onset, location, description, and extent of lesions. Note frequency of occurrence and any triggers or prodrome.

2. Postpone dental treatment when active oral herpetic lesion is present. Client/Family Teaching

1. Discard toothbrush or other oral hygiene products during period of infection in order to prevent reinoculation.

2. Avoid contact with mucous membranes; apply to lips and face only. Use finger cot or latex glove to help prevent herpes infection on fingers.

3. Use sunscreens and lip balms with a sunscreen when sun exposed to prevent recurrence and to diminish intensity of outbreaks.

4. Report if lesions do not improve or if a foul odor or purulent drainage appears.

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