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.


What Are the Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay and gum disease are often found in adults because they do not recognize the symptoms, or because they refuse to see a dentist for an examination. Ignoring tooth decay could result in painful and dangerous oral health conditions, such as advanced gum disease. Let’s take a closer look at the symptoms of tooth decay to prevent future problems.


A toothache that persists is a clear sign you should see a dentist. If you feel pain that does not go away after you have bitten down on a piece of food or drank something sweet, then you likely have advanced tooth decay in one or more of your teeth. It is essential to see your dentist for a possible root canal or cavity filling as soon as possible.

Tooth Sensitivity or Pain

It is possible to have tooth sensitivity or even a sharp pain after eating sweets or something hot or cold. This pain can lead to a constant toothache, but even a brief pain can be a symptom of tooth decay. If this pain or sensitivity persists every time you bite down, then you may have a cavity developing.

Noticeable Holes

It can be difficult to pinpoint, but if you can see a hole or pit in your tooth, then you have extensive tooth decay. A hole in your tooth means that the acid and bacteria that causes tooth decay has degraded and eaten away at a portion of your tooth. This decay can soon spread to the interior of your tooth, if it is not corrected soon.

Teeth Staining

Certain stains on your teeth are caused by medications or staining foods. However, a deeper or larger stain can signify tooth decay. If you have teeth staining, then call your dentist for a teeth cleaning and checkup.

It is essential that you recognize the signs of tooth decay before you need more serious forms of restorative dentistry like a root canal in New York. Call the office of Dr. Charles Marks at (212) 279-1232 to schedule a checkup with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate dentists.


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347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

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