Distinguishing What Kind of Mouth Sore You Have

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“I love mouth sores!” is a statement you never here out of anyone’s mouths. Mouth sores are found in or around the mouth and can be very painful depending on how large they get and how long they’ve been untreated. They can also look unappealing and can be a potential signal of a more serious illness. The two most often mixed up are cold sores and canker sores, so Donald H Bohne DDS PA wants to give you more details so you can know how to treat them.


Cold sores. These sores are fluid-filled blisters developing outside of the mouth, mostly on the lips. Their fluid can bubble-over or crust, tend to be very contagious, typically last for about a week or longer. With no real known cause, they are suspected by scientists to perhaps be related to stress or even forming due to weather exposure or fatigue. Ask your dentist about antiviral meds if you are dealing with cold sores.


Canker sores. Unlike cold sores, these sores form in the mouth on the tongue or mouth tissues. You can tell when you have canker sores when you see small, whitish-yellow incisions. These are not infectious, and about 50 percent of the population can form them and has had them. Like the cold sores, we don’t recognize the cause but stress in your life or stress to the mouth are suspected factors. If you do have canker sores, try and avoid acidic foods, which can cause discomfort because of the sores. Most tend to go away within five to seven days, but see a professional if they last longer than that.


Please call us if you have had a sore for more than two weeks, so we can schedule our next available appointment and determine the best course of action. Reach us at 770-939-6600 to set up a consultation or appointment with Dr. Donald Bohne and the staff at Donald H Bohne DDS PA in Tucker, Georgia, today!