If you've ever had a canker sore, you know they can be annoying at best and pretty painful at worst. Because they form on the inside of the mouth, tongue, or gums, your teeth can often rub on them, causing irritation and tenderness. Though they are usually not a cause for panic, you should check with your doctor or dentist if they become unusually large, swollen, or take more than a week to resolve. Cold sores, also called fever blisters or herpes simplex type 1, are not the same as canker sores but are often confused with them. Cold sores are groups of fluid-filled blisters on the outside of the mouth, on a person's lips. Cold sores are caused by a virus and are extremely contagious, varying greatly from canker sores. What are canker sores? According to the Mayo Clinic , canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers, are "small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues in your mouth or at the base of your gums." They are not contagious like cold sores, which often appear on the surface of the lips. Most canker sores are round or oval in shape with a white or yellow center. They can… Read full this story
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