Canker Sores and Cold Sores
Canker sores and cold sores are two different conditions that share similar signs and symptoms. To distinguish between them, canker sores only appear inside your mouth, in your cheeks, under your tongue, or on the gums. Although they are a type of ulcer, they are usually harmless and go away in a few days without medication. In the meantime, however, they may be painful and cause difficulty eating and speaking. Canker sores usually develop from a minor injury, such as hard brushing of your teeth and gums, accidentally biting your cheek, and playing sports, or they may even result from stress. At Wortley Road Dental, we may prescribe a topical cream for relief.
On the other hand, cold sores only appear outside of the mouth. They appear like tiny blisters, usually in clusters. Canker sores and cold sores can both be painful, but cold sores also have a fluid inside of them that may ooze out. These types of sores, unfortunately, last for up to a month and may leave scabs and scars. Like canker sores, cold sores may be triggered by stress and hormonal changes. Your dentist may prescribe medication for a speedier recovery.
If you have any canker sore or cold sores developing in or outside of your mouth, contact our dental clinic. This can be particularly helpful if you find you are susceptible and have experienced them numerous times. Once we learn more about your condition, our dentist may recommend or prescribe a solution to help them heal faster and reduce the pain associated with canker sores and cold sores.
Questions or concerns about these problems, or any other oral health issue? Call or email us to book a consultation or regular appointment and we will arrange a good time to see you at our dental clinic.