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You know that certain dental problems can be unpleasant. For example, you probably understand that having yellow or crooked teeth can be embarrassing—even making smiling uncomfortable. Similarly, you may know that missing teeth can make speaking and chewing difficult. Similarly, canker sores and cold sores can be annoying and uncomfortable. Do you know the differences between the two?

In reality, the main difference between the two is their location. Canker sores are always found inside the mouth, though they can be virtually anywhere inside your mouth. Also, canker sores are usually gray, yellow, or white with a red ring around it. These are open sores, but they aren’t contagious. Still, they can be very unpleasant. Unfortunately, no one knows the exact cause of canker sores, but some claim that they are affected by stress, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, food allergies, and even hormones.

Conversely, cold sores are red blisters that form outside of your mouth. Cold sores, which are also known as fever blisters, can actually cause a fever, swollen lymph nodes, and even headaches. Like canker sores, cold sores don’t last very long. However, unlike canker sores, cold sores are very contagious.

Naturally, a trip to our dentists, Dr. Teigen and Dr. Kirkpatrick, can help diagnose your problem. Similarly, our team may be able to give you a solution to your problem. Also, if you have a large sore for more than three weeks, please remember to visit our team soon. If you’d like to learn more, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact Cascade Dental Care at 360-425-8140. We’re eager to hear from you.