Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.


The Importance of Sterilization in Your Dentist's Office

The chance of spreading disease and infection is significantly increased in medical environments where caregivers come into contact with blood, saliva, and skin. For this reason, sterilization procedures are vitally important in any medical setting, including the dentist’s office. Because the mouth is home to bacteria, germs, viruses, and other contaminants, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent cross-contamination. 

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Prevent the Risk of Infection

The proper sterilization of medical equipment, as well as other precautions taken by the dentist, can help prevent the direct transmission of infection. Because the mouth can harbor harmful bacteria and germs, it is important that the dentist contains the area and avoids spreading these microbes. For instance, if the dentist has a cut on his finger and he treats your gingivitis, his cut could quickly become infected. The same could result if you were the one with a cut on the inside of your mouth and your dentist didn’t wash his hands before seeing you. Therefore, it is extremely important that you choose a dentist who puts an emphasis on sterilization, cleanliness, and preventing infection.   

Avoid the Spread of Disease

Everything from skin cells to saliva has the potential of being contaminated. If you are harboring a virus, then you could easily pass it along while visiting the dentist. If your dentist doesn’t take the necessary precautions with each of his patients, disease could quickly spread. Your dentist should be washing his hands as soon as he enters the exam room, and he should wear a mask and gloves when treating you. Dentists should also keep their instruments sterilized or use disposable instruments so that there is less of a risk of cross-contamination between patients.

Ultimately, dental health requires collaboration between dentists and patients. At Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates, we promise to do our part. Our dental team is committed to providing expert dental services to Manhattan residents. To learn more, call our office at (212) 279-1232.


The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.

347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday