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Any type of mouth sore around or in the mouth can be painful and may even be a potential indicator of a serious condition. A number of patients have mixed up cold sores and canker sores, so Borgmeyer Dental wants to help you know the differences between cold sores and canker sores, so you can get the right treatment needed for one of these irritating sores.

Cold sores. Often confused with canker sores, cold sores are fluid-filled sacs that appear outside of the mouth, mostly on the lips. The liquid inside can bubble up or start to crust. Very contagious, they usually last for about seven to ten days. Although there isn’t a true source to why appear, scientists believe they may be related to stress; they may also form due to fatigue or weather exposure. Ask a professional about antiviral meds if you are dealing with cold sores.

Canker sores. These sores can form on the tongue or mouth tissues. Typically tiny, whitish-yellow lesions, they are not infectious like cold sores. But like the cold sores, we still don’t know what causes them; a few scientists suspect stress is a contribution. If you do have canker sores, try and avoid acidic foods; these can worsen uneasiness from the sores. Most will go away on their own within a week.

If you have an infected sore or have had a sore for more than two weeks, call Borgmeyer Dental at 314-351-6554 today for a consultation or to schedule an appointment here at our clinic in St. Louis, Missouri. Let Dr. David J. Borgmeyer and Augustine Borgmeyer and our professionals help you have the best oral care.