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People sometimes confuse canker sores and cold sores, but they are completely unrelated. Both can be painful, but knowing the differences can help you keep them in check.
A canker sore is typically one that occurs on the delicate tissues inside your mouth. It is usually light-colored at its base and can have a red exterior border.
A cold sore or fever blister, on the other hand, usually occurs on the outside of the mouth, usually on or near the nose or lips. A cold sore is contagious because it is caused by the herpes simplex virus, and it is usually painful and filled with fluid.
We now have the ability to significantly reduce the discomfort associated with canker sores with the use of a diode laser. Typically, a canker sore will last for 10 to 14 days and quite often is very painful. Without the need for any anesthesia and just a few minutes of your time, we can apply the light of a laser to your canker sore and you can enjoy immediate relief from the nagging discomfort of the canker sore.
Cold sores can be treated effectively with some over-the-counter topical creams; sometimes, an antiviral medication will be prescribed by your dentist at White Orchid Dental.