Sippy Cups: Are You Using Them the Right Way?

Baby with sippy cup

Sippy cups are a popular option for toddlers who have outgrown baby bottles yet are too young to handle a regular cup on their own. The sad part is an unintentional misuse of these cups can put kids at increased of decay or cavities. This is especially true when you let your little one hold on to them for a longer period of time.

It’s important to understand that the main purpose of sippy cups is to help toddlers develop motor skills to manage a regular cup eventually. These are like baby bottles, but they allow the upper front teeth to be bathed in the liquid that’s inside the cup. It can be particularly harmful if you fill them with sweet and sugary stuff and let the kids hold on to them all day long.

Long-term use of sippy cups can contribute to tooth decay. Avon pediatric dentists suggest encouraging and teaching kids how to manage and drink from a regular cup. You should also keep the following things in mind:

  • Don’t let kids carry the sippy cups throughout the day. Let them have it during meal and snack times.
  • It’s always best to fill the sippy cup with water instead of sweetened drinks. Diluted sugary beverages are also not advisable.
  • When having a sweet beverage, let your kids drink it through a straw. You may also use a training cup with rubber straw.
  • Don’t give your child a sippy cup filled with fruit juice or soda, as a way to calm them before bedtime. Your little one might get accustomed to this habit, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
  • Take care of your child’s teeth early on by wiping their teeth with a clean damp cloth daily. When your child turns two, you can introduce the habit of brushing their teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride.

Your little one also needs to visit the dentist when their first tooth erupts. This is to determine and address dental concerns, as well as make you aware of the best ways to take care your kid’s teeth and gums.