Canker sores and cold sores are often confused. The herpes simplex virus causes cold sores, and they are highly contagious. Generally, cold sores appear on the outside of the mouth, and on the lips, but they can also be transferred to other parts of the body, including the nose and eyes.
Canker sores do not spread to other people, and usually form inside the mouth and under the tongue. Sometimes, a canker sore forms due to trauma to the mouth, such as accidental biting, or being overzealous in brushing teeth or flossing. There are many other reasons canker sores appear:
- Spicy foods
- Nutritional problems
Canker sores and cold sores can be very irritating, making it difficult to talk or eat. Use over-the-counter medications or topical anesthetic for general pain relief, and try aloe vera juice for soothing discomfort. If a cold sore or canker sore don’t go away in a week, make an appointment with Dr. Attar so that he can screen for more serious health concerns. At Attar Dental, our team is committed to taking care of your overall health, not just your dental and gum care. Don’t suffer needlessly with painful sores- make an appointment today!