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Canker Sores and Cold Sores

Canker sores and cold sores are two different conditions but share similar signs and symptoms. Some patients may interchange the use of these terms. However, it may mean that they’re suffering a sort of a painful outbreak in the mouth or on the facial region. To clarify this information, you can distinguish each health issue with the following. 

The dentist in London centre shares that canker sores only appear inside your mouth. It is a type of ulcer but is usually harmless and may go away in just a few days without medication. Sores inside your mouth appear in your cheeks, under your tongue or on the gums. Patients report difficulty in eating and speaking since the lesion can be painful when disturbed. 

Canker sores and cold sores have other distinct causes, however, there are more that are common to both. Canker sores usually develop from a minor injury in your mouth. This may be due to hard brushing, accidentally biting your cheek or from playing sports. Stress may also trigger this condition so it’s best to manage your stress level. While it goes away in just a few days, some patients have recurring sores. Our dentist in London centre may prescribe a topical cream to relieve and treat the lesion. 

On the other hand, cold sores only appear outside the mouth in the face. They appear like tiny blisters, usually in clusters. Canker sores and cold sores can be painful, moreover, cold sores have a fluid inside that may ooze out. These types of sores, unfortunately, last for a few weeks up to a month and leaves scabs and scars. 

Like canker sores, cold sores may be triggered by stress and hormonal changes. You may request for prescribed medication from your dentist in London centre for a speedier recovery. 

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