Online Dental Education Library
The Kuttler Dental Team strives to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums.
For helpful information about everything from nutrition to oral hygiene, we highly recommend MouthHealthy from the American Dental Association. MouthHealthy is a great resource, filled with tips you will actually use in everyday life.
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A canker sore is typically one that occurs on the delicate tissues inside your mouth. It is usually light-colored at its base and can have a red exterior border.
A cold sore or fever blister, on the other hand, usually occurs on the outside of the mouth, usually on or near the nose or lips. A cold sore is contagious because it is caused by the herpes simplex virus, and it is usually painful and filled with fluid.
In most cases, patience is the best medicine for treating canker sores. A healthy diet and good oral hygiene are usually the best remedy, but some special rinses and anesthetics can help. Cold sores can be treated effectively with some over-the-counter topical creams; sometimes, an antiviral medication will be prescribed by your doctor.