If you’ve ever experienced a cold sore or canker sore, you know they’re painful. And in the case of cold sores because they’re visible, they can also be a little embarrassing.
Page Dental Group is pleased to announce we now offer Soft Tissue Laser Treatments developed specifically to treat both Canker Sores and Cold Sores.
When treated early with a soft tissue laser these sores can:
- Provide instant relief.
- Cut healing time in half.
- Ensure that any recurrence of sores in the treated area will be with less frequency and intensity.
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Additional information about canker sores & cold sores
Not sure if you’ve ever had cold sores or canker sores? We’ve got some more information to share with you below.
Are Cold Sores and Canker Sores the Same Thing?
No, but they’re often confused with each other. Cold sores, are also called fever blisters or herpes simplex type 1. They are groups of painful, fluid-filled blisters that are caused by a virus and are extremely contagious. Cold sores typically appear outside the mouth — usually under the nose, around the lips, or under the chin. Canker sores are not contagious and are typically found inside the mouth.
About cold sores
What Are Cold Sores?
Cold sores might show up anywhere on your body, but mostly tend to appear on the outside of the mouth and lips.
After the cold sore blisters form, they will likely break and ooze. A yellow crust or scab will build up and eventually fall off.
They usually last 7 to 10 days and can spread to other people until they’ve completely scabbed over.
What Causes Cold Sores?
Two types of herpes simplex virus can cause cold sores: HSV type 1 and HSV type 2, but most often they’re typically caused by HSV type 1.
HSV can be contracted when coming into contact with people or things that carry the virus. For example, kissing someone who’s infected, sharing eating utensils, towels, or razors. Once you contract it, you have it for life.
These are the types of things that can trigger an outbreak:
About canker sores
What Causes Canker Sores?
The exact cause of most canker sores is unknown; however, certain foods, including citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables, can trigger them.
What Are the Symptoms of Canker Sores?
- Painful sores inside your mouth (could be on the tongue, the back portion of the roof of your mouth, or inside your cheeks.
- You might experience a tingling or burning sensation before the sores appear.
When there are severe canker sore outbreaks, you may also experience additional symptoms:
- Physical sluggishness.
- Swollen lymph nodes.