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

Get the Facts About Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

Gum disease is a progressive infection that compromises your oral health. If left untreated, it can eventually lead to tooth loss. You might already be familiar with the consequences of gum disease for your oral health, but did you know it can also affect your overall wellness? If you notice any of the possible signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, see your dentist right away for an exam.

Systemic Inflammation

A dentist can effectively treat gum disease to curb your body’s inflammatory response to the infection. Acute inflammation is not generally a major health concern, but many people have gingivitis for a long time without realizing it. These individuals can develop chronic inflammation that can affect wellness on a systemic level. When a person has a chronic infection like periodontitis, the body’s inflammatory mediators can trigger the systemic inflammatory response. Chronic inflammation is associated with elevated levels of lymphocytes and macrophages, and it can lead to tissue necrosis and problems throughout the body.

Heart Disease

Clinical research has not yet established a definitive, causal relationship between gum disease and heart disease. However, research does indicate that the two problems are associated with each other. Some experts do suggest that chronic, untreated gum disease can elevate the risk of heart disease at least in part because of the systemic inflammation associated with oral infections. It’s also known that patients who already have cardiac conditions and then develop periodontal disease are more likely to have worsening heart health.

Diabetes

There is no definitive evidence that suggests that periodontal disease causes diabetes. However, it is known that patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of gum disease. This is because diabetics tend to be less able to fight off infections due to immune system inhibition. Unfortunately, diabetics who have gum disease are also less able to control their blood glucose levels properly.

When you become a patient of Dr. Charles Marks, you’ll have access to the sophisticated treatments and superior patient education that you need to preserve your oral health and support your systemic health. We offer preventive care along with interventional care for gum disease and other oral health problems. If you’re looking for a compassionate, knowledgeable dentist in New York, call us today at (212) 279-1232.

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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