• Exploring Treatment for Canker Sores and Cold Sores

  • Hiding Cold SoreDo you deal with recurring cold sores, canker sores, or both? Does that familiar tingling in or around your mouth causes a sense of dread and panic? If you have dealt with these types of small mouth lesions you know very well that they can be downright painful. In the case of cold sores, because they are on the outside of the mouth, they can also appear unsightly. Redmond dentist, Dr. Sang Yum can offer potential treatment options if you have recurring problems with canker and cold sores.

    What are Canker Sores?

    Also known as aphthous ulcers, canker sores on the inside of the mouth generally last for less than two weeks. They are generally small ulcers that are surprisingly painful, and can even hinder the ability to speak and eat comfortably. Canker sores can be found on the soft palate, tongue, inside the lips, inside the cheeks, and on the floor of the mouth. The exact cause of canker sores is not known, but stress tends to make canker sore instances flare up. Some people feel like citrus fruits and juices also cause canker sores. By switching to a toothpaste without sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) you may also find less canker sore instances.

    What are Cold Sores?

    Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus which means they are contagious. Generally, people acquire the virus in childhood, and then it lies dormant most of the time. Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, tend to happen as a result of stress or trauma to the area. Some people even note cold sores following a dental cleaning due to the physical pressure placed on the surfaces outside of the mouth while tartar and plaque are cleaned. There have been cases where cold and canker sores can be kept at bay through various topical medications when the patient has a feeling that one is coming on.

    Contact your Redmond Dentist

    At Redmond Dental Care, we encourage you to contact us, as we are always available to address your concerns. Please feel free to give us a call during work hours at (425) 883-2100 or contact us via our email address. After work hours, you can contact us with an emergency through our 24-hour answering service. We are happy to serve patients in the 98052 zip code and we look forward to hearing from you!