What’s The Difference in: Canker Sores, Cole Sores, and Mouth Sores?

Are Mouth Sores Irritating You?

At Hendersonville Family Dentistry, we know many people have experienced some form of mouth sore or irritation. Some mouth sores are harmless and go away on their own after a few days, while others are more serious and should not be ignored. Mouth sores occur for many different reasons, but bacterial infections, viruses, or fungus’s often trigger them. The best way to tell the difference between a canker sore and a cold sore is that canker sores occur inside the mouth while cold sores occur on the outside of the mouth.

Most Common Cold Sores Are:

Canker Sores: A non-contagious, small, grayish ulcer with a red border, canker sores appear inside the mouth.

Cold Sores: Also called fever blisters, cold sores are contagious groups of fluid-filled blisters that often erupt around the lips and sometimes under the nose or around the chin.

Leukoplakia: A potential warning sign of oral cancer, leukoplakia is a premalignant lesion that rappears as a white patch on the inside of the mouth, tongue or gums.

Oral candidiasis: Also called oral thrush or moniliasis, this condition is caused by the overgrowth of a type of yest called candida. Common symptoms or oral candidiasis include white spots inside the mouth and on the tongue, redness or discomfort in the mouth area, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and cracking at the corners of the mouth. It is very important to visit Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones if you have oral candidiasis.

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