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

How Dentistry can Help with Snoring Prevention

Almost everyone snores on occasion, and in most cases, snoring is a benign sleep condition that has little or no effect. In other cases, it can cause severe sleep disruptions, daytime inactivity, irritability, and a decreased quality of life. Fortunately, your Manhattan dentist can provide appropriate treatment to help prevent snoring.

Man Snoring With His Mouth Open, Sleepless Woman

Connections Between Snoring and Dental Health

When you fall asleep, the muscles and soft tissues in your throat relax, causing the airway passage to narrow. For many people, this causes shallow or heavy breathing. If the airway becomes too narrow or blocked by the tongue, snoring may result. Oftentimes, the airway becomes blocked because the jaw is in an incorrect position. Other factors, including alcohol consumption and sleeping on one’s back, can also increase a person’s risk for snoring.

Dental Treatments for Snoring

Sleep specialists and dental health professionals have helped develop a snoring prevention aid known as a Mandibular Advancement Device, or MAD. MAD is specifically designed to gently move the lower jaw, or mandible, forward to keep the throat from relaxing. This helps increase the opening of the airway passage, allowing patients to breathe more easily and quietly throughout the night. Without consistent sleep, an individual may become irritable, depressed, and subject to sudden sleep while driving or operating machinery. MAD helps people get a good night’s sleep so that they can enjoy an active, safe, and happy life while awake. Only a dentist can prescribe MAD treatment and supply you with the device, so be sure to make an appointment right away if snoring is disrupting your sleep.

To begin your MAD treatment, call the office of Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates. Ultimately, dental health requires collaboration between dentists and patients. At Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates, we promise to do our part. Our dental team is committed to providing expert dental services to Manhattan residents. To learn more, call our office at (212) 279-1232.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical or dental advice. You should contact your dentist to obtain advice with respect to any particular dental issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a dentist-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the dental office or any individual dentist or medical professional. 


Children's Dental Visits

Your child can benefit from visits to the dentist even before his or her adult teeth begin to erupt. An infected baby tooth might not seem serious, but if the infection reaches the oral bones or tissues, your child’s adult dental health could be at risk. 

Take a look at this video to learn when you should begin taking your child to the dentist. By watching this clip, you’ll also learn tips on how to teach your child about the importance of visiting the dentist regularly. You will also find out how to ease your child’s anxiety and how to ensure that your child maintains healthy teeth and gums between dental visits.

Ultimately, dental health requires collaboration between dentists and patients. At Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates, we promise to do our part. Our dental team is committed to providing expert dental services to Manhattan residents. To learn more, call our office at (212) 279-1232.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical or dental advice. You should contact your dentist to obtain advice with respect to any particular dental issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a dentist-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the dental office or any individual dentist or medical professional. 



A Look at Pediatric Dentistry

No matter your age, visiting the dentist is essential for preventing tooth decay and oral infections. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children begin visiting a pediatric dentist after their first tooth erupts. To learn what you and your child can expect from pediatric dentistry, keep reading. 

Healing teeth

What to Expect from a Child’s Dental Exam

During a pediatric dental exam, your child will undergo a thorough dental cleaning. The pediatric dentist will evaluate your child’s teeth to determine his or her risk for tooth decay and gum disease. A pediatric dental exam might also include X-rays, a review of the child’s diet, and a demonstration of how to properly brush and floss the teeth. If the dentist notices slight signs of decay, he or she might recommend certain preventative treatments, such as dental sealants and fluoride rinses. If your child is approaching the age of seven, the pediatric dentist might also recommend an orthodontic consultation.

Why Your Child Should Visit a Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric dentistry is necessary because infections in baby teeth can affect the corresponding adult teeth. Oral tissues and bone need to remain healthy and infection-free to grow strong and provide a good foundation for the adult teeth. By taking your child to a pediatric dentist, you can provide the opportunity for him or her to learn proper dental care. Your child will also be able to grow accustomed to visiting the dentist from an early age.

How You Can Prepare Your Child for the First Dental Exam

Schedule an appointment several weeks in advance so that you and your child have plenty of time to prepare for the appointment. Spend time talking to your child about the importance of professional dental care and take your child on a tour of the dental clinic in the weeks before the appointment.

Ultimately, dental health requires collaboration between dentists and patients. At Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates, we promise to do our part. Our dental team is committed to providing expert dental services to Manhattan residents. To learn more, call our office at (212) 279-1232.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical or dental advice. You should contact your dentist to obtain advice with respect to any particular dental issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a dentist-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the dental office or any individual dentist or medical professional. 



What You Should Know About Your Oral Health

If you would like to learn more about dental health, veneers, and the importance of sterilization in medical environments, check out the resources below. 

Woman teeth

  • Read this article to learn more about porcelain veneers and whether they’re the right cosmetic solution for your smile.
  • If you need help choosing a quality dentist that is right for your dental needs, seek help from OralB.com. This webpage features information on what to look for during your search for the right dentist. 
  • Find answers to your questions about veneers and watch a short video that explains how they can help repair your smile by visiting this webpage from the American Dental Association.
  • If you have questions concerning your oral health, look to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to find the answers. You’ll find information on everything from oral cancer to burning mouth syndrome. 

Ultimately, dental health requires collaboration between dentists and patients. At Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates, we promise to do our part. Our dental team is committed to providing expert dental services to Manhattan residents. To learn more, call our office at (212) 279-1232.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.



The Importance of Sterilization in Your Dentist's Office

The chance of spreading disease and infection is significantly increased in medical environments where caregivers come into contact with blood, saliva, and skin. For this reason, sterilization procedures are vitally important in any medical setting, including the dentist’s office. Because the mouth is home to bacteria, germs, viruses, and other contaminants, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent cross-contamination. 

Dentist Office

Prevent the Risk of Infection

The proper sterilization of medical equipment, as well as other precautions taken by the dentist, can help prevent the direct transmission of infection. Because the mouth can harbor harmful bacteria and germs, it is important that the dentist contains the area and avoids spreading these microbes. For instance, if the dentist has a cut on his finger and he treats your gingivitis, his cut could quickly become infected. The same could result if you were the one with a cut on the inside of your mouth and your dentist didn’t wash his hands before seeing you. Therefore, it is extremely important that you choose a dentist who puts an emphasis on sterilization, cleanliness, and preventing infection.   

Avoid the Spread of Disease

Everything from skin cells to saliva has the potential of being contaminated. If you are harboring a virus, then you could easily pass it along while visiting the dentist. If your dentist doesn’t take the necessary precautions with each of his patients, disease could quickly spread. Your dentist should be washing his hands as soon as he enters the exam room, and he should wear a mask and gloves when treating you. Dentists should also keep their instruments sterilized or use disposable instruments so that there is less of a risk of cross-contamination between patients.

Ultimately, dental health requires collaboration between dentists and patients. At Charles M. Marks, D.D.S. and Dental Associates, we promise to do our part. Our dental team is committed to providing expert dental services to Manhattan residents. To learn more, call our office at (212) 279-1232.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.


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347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

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