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Distinguishing Between Canker Sores and Cold Sores

Family dentistry in Alpharetta is dedicated to helping patients achieve superior oral health. As you will learn in this video, a dentist can help you treat and distinguish between canker sores and cold sores in your mouth.

In family dentistry, canker sores and cold sores are a common problem for dental patients of all ages. Fortunately, these uncomfortable sores can be easily identified and treated by a dentist or orthodontist. Also, neither indicates the presence of oral cancer. Canker sores are gray or white sores occur inside the mouth only, usually inside the cheeks or on the tongue. Cold sores appear on the outside of the mouth as a cluster of tiny blisters caused by the herpes virus.