Dental Term

Cold Sores

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and typically appear on the outer edges of the lips. Both cold sores and canker sores can be triggered by various factors, including stress, injury, hormonal changes, or certain foods. While canker sores usually heal on their own within a week or two, cold sores may require antiviral medications. Maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding irritants can help prevent their occurrence.

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