Sores In The Mouth 1

A very common dental issue that people perceive as an emergency, and probably the only non-painful one at all, is the appearance of sores in the mouth. They are unpleasant, unsightly, and are scarier to behold than, for instance, swollen gums or a cavity on a tooth. But usually they do not constitute a problem. The real issue is that just by looking at the sore itself, it is difficult to know if you are dealing with a canker sore, or a cold sore, or the formation of oral cancer. This is why I have made this little guide that can help you with finding out what exactly you are dealing with. 

Canker Sores

Canker sores are small sores in the mouth caused by aphthous infections. Small ulcers will form in the mouth, and they are recurrent, and are a form of stomatitis. The small sores you see are an immune response linked with your T-cells. Recommended treatment: kepe the area cold and cover it with a canker cover, there are several, they are cheap and work extremely well. Canker sores will go away, but come back again when your immune system is weakened. 

Fever Blisters Or Cold Sores

Fever blisters or cold sores are the same thing. They are an outbreak of herpes simplex virus, usually HSV-1. The outbreaks happen in a manner that is known to most people; a sore appears around the mouth or genitalia, is filled with liquid, and is basically a small, pus filled lesion of sorts. These lesions will burst, and a thick, hard crust will form over the sores. While you have the outbreak, you are contagious, so stay away from people, do not share cups, straws, utensils or anything really. Recommended treatment: Antiviral medicine will make these outbreaks less frequent, and may even make them not occur at all. 


An ulcer is a general term for an open lesion, or to phrase it more eloquently, an ulcer is a discontinuation of tissue or membrane that impedes the function of the organ or tissue that the discontinuation is on. This is definitely the case for oral lesions, as these cause a difficulty in eating, chewing, biting, and depending on the location of the ulcer, possibly even speech. Ulcers can be caused by aphthous stomatitis, or canker sores, or form friction, ro a number of other things. Recommended treatment: depends on what is causing the ulcer. Usually, mouth ulcers will heal all on their own without any help whatsoever. Good oral hygiene and antiseptic mouthwash will make the ulcers go away faster though, and may reduce the symptoms dramatically.