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You’ve probably heard about cold sores and canker sores, but what do you know about the two? While the two may seem very similar, there are a number of differences between the two. Similarly, do you ever wonder what you can do to avoid canker sores and cold sores—or what you can do to address either type of sore?

While there a number of differences, the easiest way to distinguish the two is simply knowing where they’re located. You see, canker sores can be practically anywhere in your mouth—if the sore is in your mouth, you’re probably dealing with a canker sore. Still, you may also be able to recognize a canker sore by its color. Canker sores are usually gray, yellow, or white with a red ring around it. These are open sores, but they aren’t contagious. Still, they can be very unpleasant. Unfortunately, no one knows the exact cause of canker sores, but some claim that they are affected by stress, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, food allergies, and even hormones.

Conversely, cold sores are red blisters that form outside of your mouth. Cold sores, which are also known as fever blisters, can actually cause a fever, swollen lymph nodes, and even headaches. Like canker sores, cold sores don’t last very long. However, unlike canker sores, cold sores are very contagious.

Naturally, a trip to our dentists, Dr. Swensen and Dr. Balkins, can help diagnose your problem. Similarly, our team may be able to give you a solution to your problem. Also, if you have a large sore for more than three weeks, please remember to visit our team soon. If you’d like to learn more, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact North Point Dental Group, LLC at 541-754-4017. We’re eager to hear from you.