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

What's Causing Your Chronic Bad Breath?

Most people have experienced the social awkwardness of bad breath now and then. It often arises after eating a dish with garlic or a sandwich with raw onions. In most cases, bad breath is a temporary problem. If you’re experiencing bad breath on a regular basis, it’s time to see a dentist. Bad breath could be a sign of a serious oral health problem.

Insufficient Oral Care

One of the most common causes of chronic bad breath is improper oral care. It isn’t sufficient to occasionally do a thorough job of cleaning your teeth. You’ll need to brush them for a minimum of two minutes, at least twice daily or after each meal. Flossing is also crucial, yet it’s a step that many people skip. Your dentist can help you improve your flossing technique or recommend flossing tools that can make this task easier. In addition to good at-home care, you can prevent chronic bad breath by visiting your dentist’s office every six months for a professional cleaning.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is another major culprit of chronic bad breath and often stems from improper oral care. Gum disease is a progressive oral health problem that begins with gingivitis and, if left untreated, eventually turns into periodontitis. Without proper treatment, your bad breath will be the least of your worries, as you’ll be at risk of losing your teeth.

Dry Mouth

Saliva plays an important role in oral health. It washes away the food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath. Unfortunately, many people have xerostomia, also known as chronic dry mouth. It’s often a side effect of medications, but it can also affect people who sleep with their mouths open. Your dentist can evaluate you for dry mouth and recommend effective treatments.

Tobacco

Tobacco use is among the most dangerous habits for your health and the health of everyone around you. Among other problems, tobacco is responsible for chronic bad breath. Additionally, tobacco causes the teeth to become a yellowish-brown color, and contributes to gum disease and tooth loss.

For complete preventive care in New York, you can turn to the dental office of Dr. Charles Marks. We provide professional teeth cleaning, sealants, fillings, and gum disease treatment. If it’s been longer than six months since your last dentist visit, or if you’re experiencing severe or chronic bad breath, call us promptly 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