As your children stop using a bottle to enjoy their milk, you need to remember their oral health as you decide what step to take next.
The whole point of Sippy cup is to have a transition from bottle drinking to drinking from a regular cup. Despite this, many children keep using the Sippy cup even after getting used to the regular cups. Sippy cups can prevent spilling which is why using them will encourage children to learn how to use the regular cups but prolonged use of them can cause number of problems for those little smiles!
If your child drinks from a Sippy cup for a long time the side effects would be similar to using a bottle every night. The sugar in milk and juice will help create enamel eroding bacteria. Drinking from a Sippy cup all day would cause dental caries or decays due to continuous exposure to sugar and bacteria. Decays have to be filled right away by your dentist or they can get bigger and more dangerous and eventually damage the permanent teeth underneath. Read more about dental fillings.
When children fall asleep with bottles, the fluid will stay around their teeth and erode them causing painful dental decay or caries. Top 6 teeth of babies are in constant contact with what is in the cup, which usually is milk or juice, both contain high amount of sugar. This can cause dental caries, following swelling, infection and eventually it will triple their chances of having dental cavities on adult teeth.
We understand it is convenient to have Sippy cups at early stages of your child’s development but we highly recommend you use them as a transitional stage to regular cups top avoid any permanent damage to your child's smile. However, some children do not need Sippy cups and manage how to use a regular cup from the beginning.
visit your child's dentist early stages in life and often to make sure everything is under control regarding their oral health. Read more about maintaining Oral Health.
If you are going to feed them sugary beverages use a straw so the upper teeth have minimal contact with the beverage.
Don't allow your child to use the Sippy cup throughout the day and allow them to use it only during meal time.
At Gorgeous Smiles, we understand your child’s needs and we can help you manage their oral health. We understand parents have questions regarding their little one’s oral health and well being. Please feel free to contact our Melbourne CBD dental clinic if you have any questions or inquiries regarding your little one.
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**The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified dentist in Melbourne with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.