Cold Sores and Canker Sores

Receive care for cold sores, canker sores and other mouth sores in Hilliard and Upper Arlington, Ohio

Having mouth sores like cold and canker sores can be a real pain, literally. These irritations that develop in and around the mouth can cause great discomfort.

Mouth sore causes include loose orthodontic wire scraping against your mouth, a broken or sharp tooth and infections caused by fungus, bacteria or virus. Mouth sores can also be a symptom of a disorder or a disease so if you are in a lot of pain or they last longer than one to two weeks, you should see your dentist.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are one or several small white or gray sores with a red border that develop inside the mouth. They are not contagious and usually heal on their own after one or two weeks or two. Avoiding hot, spicy or acidic foods can prevent the sores from becoming more irritated. If you are in a lot of discomforts, or if the canker sore lasts longer than one to two weeks, your dentist can recommend treatment options.

Cold Sores

Cold sores, or fever blisters, are fluid-filled blisters that form in groups around the lips, nose or chin. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are very contagious. Once a person is infected, the virus remains in their body and causes occasional cold sore outbreaks.

Cold sores will generally heal by themselves within a week. If they are lasting longer or are causing discomfort, ask your dentist about ways to manage the blisters.