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.


Are You at Risk for Gum Disease?


Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Because this condition is virtually pain free, many adults do not know that they have gum disease. The longer the infection persists, the worse it becomes, which is why gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Worse, gum disease is also linked to a number of other serious health problems, including heart disease. By knowing your risk factor of developing gum disease, you can take the necessary steps with your dentist in Manhattan to keep your teeth and gums healthy. The risk factors of gum disease include:

Age and Genetics

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that over 70 percent of Americans 65 and older have some stage of periodontitis. You may also be genetically susceptible to developing gum disease, as research suggests that genetics may also play a role in your overall dental health.

Tobacco Use

In addition to illnesses such as cancer, lung disease, and heart disease, tobacco use is linked to a number of oral problems. Studies have shown that smoking and chewing tobacco are some of the most significant causes of gum disease. Tobacco use can also significantly increase the progression of periodontal disease in men and women.


Stress can manifest itself in a number of health problems, including hypertension and cancer, but it is also a significant risk factor in the development and progression of gum disease. When you are stressed, your body is not as effective at fighting off infection, including those that cause periodontitis.

Treatment of gum disease varies depending on the severity of the infection, but the sooner you seek treatment, the better off you will be. If you live in Manhattan, Dr. Charles M. Marks and his associates can treat gum disease at any stage. To learn more about our dentistry practice in Midtown Manhattan, visit our website or call us at (212) 279-1232.

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