Treatment and Management
Once contracted, there is no way for the body to eliminate the herpes virus. The outbreaks are usually infrequent. In healthy individuals the virus does not present a major health issue. Because the outbreaks are self-limiting, they can be treated with over-the-counter pain and fever medications for children. Children should also drink plenty of fluids during a herpes stomatitis outbreak, especially if they don't have an appetite. The clinical situation usually resolves in two weeks or sooner.
The recurrence of HSV-1 does not affect everyone who has acquired the virus. Sometimes if the outbreaks are frequent, anti-viral medications like acyclovir in either pill or ointment form can be prescribed to speed the healing process. Once again, this is not a cure but to limit the outbreak's duration.
A great oral hygiene routine should always be followed. Brush twice daily with a quality toothpaste, like Colgate Total Advanced Deep Clean. It helps maintain a dentist-clean feeling with advanced-cleaning silica similar to what dentists use in practice.