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.

212.279.1232

Recognizing Common Oral Infections

Recognizing Common Oral Infections

The proliferation of harmful bacteria within the mouth can lead to a number of oral infections. These conditions range from harmless infections, causing only mild discomfort, to serious illnesses which can have adverse effects on your long-term health. If you believe you are suffering from any of the following conditions, contact a dentist serving New York for advice. You should also schedule regular dental check-ups to safeguard your oral health.

Dental Caries, Gingivitis, and Periodontitis

Caries is the most common form of tooth decay. It is the result of a build-up of Streptococcus mutans bacteria within the mouth. Gingivitis and periodontitis are both forms of gum disease. Gingivitis is the less severe form of the condition and is caused by bacteria that have invaded the space below the gum line. These bacteria emit toxins, which can irritate teeth and gums. Untreated, gingivitis can progress to the more severe periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss, as well as other serious health complications. If you are experiencing toothache, or have noticed that your gums are sore, inflamed, or bleeding, you may have caries or gum disease. Consult your dentist.

Thrush, Canker Sores, and Herpes

Oral thrush is caused by the fungus Candida albicans. Symptoms include white curd-like plaques on the soft tissues inside the mouth. Canker sores (apthous ulcers) are small, shallow, round sores. They often heal without treatment. Oral herpes, spread by the Herpes simplex virus, is a very common condition. During an outbreak, the patient may experience a number of symptoms, including blisters and sores within the mouth.

The best way to safeguard your dental health is to follow a scrupulous dental hygiene regimen and schedule regular visits to a qualified dental practitioner. Here at Dr. Charles Marks’ dental surgery, we are dedicated to helping patients retain optimal oral health for life. Call us at (212) 279-1232 to schedule an appointment today. Let us help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

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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