A 47-year-old member asked:
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How are cold sores (herpes simplex) and canker sores different?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
Canker vs Cold Sore: Here is a great comprehensive answer to your question: http://www.Uhs.Umich.Edu/coldcankersores.
Answered on Mar 16, 2019
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