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As the weather starts getting icier, we begin to see a larger amount of patients dealing with mouth sores. Do you understand the difference between canker sores and cold sores? Is the candida yeast a good or bad thing? And what in the world is leukoplakia? To support you to prep for mouth sore season, we’ve prepared this brief overview of the different kinds of mouth sores and how you can detect them.

Canker Sores:
– Canker sores are non-transmittable, sometimes painful lesions on the inside of the mouth. They are whitish-yellow with a red border, and they are caused by biting on the soft tissue of the oral cavity and low amounts of sleep. They usually go away on their own.

Cold Sores:
– Cold sores, every now and then referred to as fever blisters, are liquid-filled pouches that develop when the immune system’s strength is weakened, such as during a cold or fever — hence the name! They occur outside of the mouth, are caused by the HPV (herpes) virus and can re-manifest after healing. They are spread through contact with spit, and most people bear the virus by age 10.

– Leukoplakia is a sickness resulting in the formation of tough white substances that cannot be worn away within the oral cavity, and it’s likely caused by tobacco products. It can lead to dental cancer, and we look out for it during every visit you have with Dr. Galina Zhukova.

Dental Thrush:
– Dental thrush, or candidiasis, occurs when the healthy candida fungus in your body grows to an unhealthy number when helpful acids are weakened. It can cause fever and difficulty swallowing, and it manifests as little, cottage-cheese-like bumps inside the mouth.

At Paramus Dental & Implant Center, we are experienced in caring for all kinds of mouth sores. While we hope that you never have to deal with oral sores, it would be our pleasure to assist you if you do. Please call 201-518-9795 now to set up your next appointment with our staff in Rochelle Park, New Jersey.