Canker Sores and Cold Sores Toronto, ON

Get professional assessment and treatment for canker sores and cold sores in Toronto!

Both canker sores and cold sores can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and even embarrassing. Furthermore, they can be difficult to treat.

Dr. Kinga Kubieniec Dentistry offers comprehensive oral health care, including treatment for cold sores in Toronto. If you think you may be dealing with these pesky mouth irritations, visit our dental office now.

Canker Sores and Cold Sores in Toronto, ON

Canker Sores

What is a canker sore? Officially, it’s an ulcer, which is a tiny open wound. These aphthous ulcers can make eating a literal pain (especially salty, spicey, or citrusy foods).

The most common form of canker sore is a mild one, which can impact the average person three to four times per year. These tend to heal within one week and do not leave scarring. They are fairly common in people between the ages of 10 and 20.

However, some people may experience major canker sores. These large ulcers last over two weeks, and they can leave scarring.

More serious canker sores can include other symptoms like fatigue, fever, and swollen lymph nodes.

Cold Sores

The terms “canker sore” and “cold sore” are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same.

Cold sores are actual fever blisters from herpes. These blisters are painful, caused by a virus, and contagious. They show up outside of the mouth, whereas canker sores are in the mouth.

Treating Cold Sores in Toronto

Most often, canker sores and cold sores resolve on their own. While they heal, you should avoid any irritating foods. You should also refrain from kissing or close contact with others, especially if you have cold sores.

However, if your symptoms are very severe or you want advice, then our dedicated team is here to help treat canker sores and cold sores in Toronto. Schedule your appointment today with our Downtown Toronto dental office.

Frequently Asked Questions

People often believe that canker sores are contagious, but in reality, this is not true. While they can be uncomfortable, they are not contagious!

Dealing with a canker sore can be quite uncomfortable. However, there are also some things that make these pesky ulcers worse. Foods that are very spicy, acidic, or salty can irritate your canker sore and make it worse. While dealing with them, try to avoid irritating foods like salty chips, oranges, pineapple, etc.

Much like pimples, cold sores can be very tempting to pop. While it may be tempting to pop them, you should not pop a cold sore. Popping a cold sore can lead to scarring and may spread the cold sore to other parts of your body or to others around you.

When trying to heal a cold sore there are a few topical applications that may help. You can apply an ice compress to help relieve inflammation and soothe irritation. In some cases, an anesthetic gel may be helpful as well. Our dental team can provide you with personal recommendations for your cold sore.

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