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Dr. Karen Lawitts

100 Intrepid Lane
Syracuse, NY 13205

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By Dr Lawitts
November 05, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Maintaining dental health is important even before your baby's first teeth emerge. To combat a common but preventable problem known as baby bottle tooth decay, Dr. Karen Lawitts, a kids' dentist in Syracuse, New York, can help provide information about the condition and tips for keeping it at bay.

What is baby bottle tooth decay?

When a child's teeth are consistently exposed to sugary drinks, particularly for extended periods of time, the teeth and gums are attacked by acids that form when the bacteria in the mouth mixes with the sugars. Over time, this chemical reaction can lead to gum disease, cavities, and erosion of the enamel on the teeth. It isn't limited to the consumption of soda or juice, however. Milk and formula also contain sugars that can be detrimental to your baby's dental health now and in the future. Premature tooth decay and loss are associated with poor speech development, unhealthy eating habits, and damaged permanent teeth.

How do I stop the process of baby bottle tooth decay?

If your baby has become accustomed to taking a bottle to help them fall asleep, your Syracuse kids' dentist suggests gradually diluting the bottle's contents more and more each night until it is only water. After regular bottles are finished, make sure you wipe your baby's upper and lower gums with a soft, damp cloth. As soon as the first tooth erupts, use a tiny amount of fluoride-free toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush to clean after meals. As your baby grows and begins eating solid foods, it's important to be mindful of sugar consumption at mealtimes. Babies should also see a dentist once a year by the time they are 12 months old.

To schedule a checkup for your child at Dr. Karen Lawitts' dental office in Syracuse, New York, contact us at 315-492-8138 today.


Dr. Karen Lawitts

Dr. Karen Lawitts



Dr. Lawitts was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science and D.D.S degree from Northwestern University in Chicago.  
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