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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?

In reality, the main difference between the two is their location. Canker sores are always found inside the mouth, though they can be virtually anywhere inside your mouth. As you may know, canker sores are typically gray, white, or yellow. They frequently have a red ring around them as well. Similarly, another important difference between canker sores and cold sores is that canker sores are not contagious. While no one knows the precise cause of canker sores, many believe that they can be influenced by hormones or stress.

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 dentist, Dr. Amirhassan Pouradib, 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 Preferred Dental at 707-544-8338. We’re eager to hear from you.