Should I see a dentist or a doctor about viral oral infections?

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In most cases, you need to see a doctor if you're concerned about a viral oral infection. Although they occur in your mouth, viral oral infections aren't a problem of the teeth and gums, but rather of the immune system - they are the result of a virus's invasion. Doctors can prescribe antiviral medicines that can help you get rid of your symptoms faster, and they can help you assess whether other disorders you have may be complicating your viral oral infection. However, there are some instances in which you might want to consult a dentist about your viral oral infections. For instance, certain viral oral infections can lead to problems in dental work, so you'll want to let your dentist know you have this condition before you plan any procedures.

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Viral Oral Infections

Viral Oral Infections

Viral oral infections are virus that can affect the mouth and oral area. They include the herpes simplex virus, hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), and in some cases, human papillomavirus or HPV. These viruses are usually very co...

ntagious and can cause painful oral sores, depending on the type of oral virus. In rare cases, mumps can spread through saliva causing swelling of the area around the mouth.
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