Canker sores are painful, round mouth sores while cold sores are a virus that exists in the body. Both show up in several places, including:
- Inside of the lips
- Inside the cheeks
- On the tongue
- At the base of the gums
- On the roof of the mouth
Often, both of these sores will run in the family. They are linked with other diseases, but can also show up on their own. You can have one canker or cold sore, or you can have many all at once. Some people even get more than ten at a time! Canker sores are not contagious, but they can be quite a nuisance. Cold sores are contagious. The following diseases make you more vulnerable for canker sores:
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Crohn’s disease
Smaller canker sores and cold sores will disappear in a few days, but some people get large sores that take longer to heal. They can be painful and may leave scars if you let them get too bad.
Usually, you do not have to see your dentist unless it is your first sore and you want some care tips. However, call your dentist if:
- Your sores are larger than 1 centimeter across.
- You get more sores now than you used to.
- You get sores more often than you used to.
- You have other symptoms such as:
o Joint Pain
Lasers offer an unconventional treatment that may reduce the time you have the sores. Like the cause of the sores, the beneficial effects of the laser induced healing have not yet been fully determined. Like the other treatments, this will help faster more comfortable healing. Please call our office for more information.