There are differences between canker sores and cold sores.
If you need help determining if you have one or the other or how you can treat them call Braydon Dental Care.
There are simple and complex cankers sores; neither is contagious.
The cause of canker sores is not yet known but stress and certain acidic foods can trigger or aggravate canker sores.
Canker sores are found inside the mouth and tend to be white or gray in colour with a red border around them.
Normally small but they can be very painful.
You can take over the counter medication like acetaminophen for pain, rinse your mouth 3 to 4 times a day with an antiseptic mouthwash or warm water, to help alleviate the symptoms; however, the canker sore should go away on its own within 7 to 10 days.
Cold sores (also called fever blisters) are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 and are contagious; passed on by saliva or using the same lip treatment.
Cold sores are found on the lips or between the nose and lips; they look like a cluster of tiny blisters. You may experience tingling in the area before the blisters appear.
Since they are caused by a virus there is no cure, but over the counter, remedies can help ease the pain caused by cold sores as they run their course which lasts 7 to 14 days.
If you do have a cold sore make sure that no one drinks after you, uses the same lip balm or treatment, and do not kiss anyone.
What if the canker or cold sore does not go away?
If your canker or cold sore does not go away within 14 days, you should see a dentist at Braydon Dental Care for a professional diagnosis.