You may be all too familiar with the tingly ache on the corner of your mouth that tells you that a cold sore is coming on. Or how about that tiny little bump on your tongue that seems innocuous enough but causes a shooting pain when anything touches it. If either of these scenarios are a regular part of your life, then you are a sufferer of either cold sores or c,anker sores. Or perhaps you’re unfortunate enough to do regular battle with both. As recurrent as both of these dental issues generally are, many people aren’t sure exactly what canker sores and cold sores are. Your Farmington Hills family dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari will educate you on these two topics.
What is a Cold Sore?
It is estimated that 20% to 30% of people in the United States suffer from recurring cold sores. You may have also heard of these unsightly bumps that appear on the outside of the mouth as fever blisters. Cold sores are the result of the herpes simplex type 1 virus, (cousin to herpes simplex type 2). Just like type 2, type 1 is a contagious virus. Stress, sun exposure, and trauma to the direct area can result in a flare up. Generally a cold sore appears as a fluid-containing lesion somewhere around the outside of the lips which will last for about a week.
What are Canker Sores?
Medical researchers are still trying to figure out the direct cause for a canker sore, though it is believed that they are caused by an infection. Canker sores (clinically known as aphthous ulcers) appear on the inside of the mouth. A severe canker sore will generally last for about two weeks. Even with a short duration, some people find that canker sore discomfort is markedly intense. Reports of difficulty speaking and eating comfortably are often heard at dentist’s offices. If you get canker sores often, speak to your dentist about topical medications that can help shorten the duration and soothe pain.
Consult with Your Farmington Hills Family Dentist
If you have any sore in your mouth that appears unusual, hurts intensely, or lasts more than two weeks, contact your family dentist in Farmington Hills for a consultation. You can reach Dr. Askari and the Comfort Dental Spa team by calling our 48335 dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, and surrounding neighborhoods.