What Is the Difference Between Cold Sores and Canker Sores?

One thing that sends people to their dentist is sores in and around their mouths. There are two kinds of sores that appear frequently—cold sores and canker sores—and many people confuse the two. Watch this video to learn more about the differences between them and what your dentist may tell you about their causes.

Cold sores are caused by a form of the herpes virus and occur outside of the mouth, usually around the lips. Canker sores form inside the mouth and can be triggered by everything from stress to irritation from dental exams or treatments, such as dentures.

If you’re dealing with chronic sores in and around your mouth, make an appointment at Glenwood Premier Dental to find out why. Call (732) 264-4477 to schedule an appointment with a dentist in Hazlet.


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