Sippy cups can serve a useful purpose in teaching young children how to drink from a cup and of course, prevent stains on the carpet. However, you may want to use them for that short term transition from bottle to regular cup.
Sippy cups can increase your child’s chance of tooth decay in the same way that prolonged use of a bottle can cause decay.
The Journal for Dentistry for Children notes that there is a problematic connection between tooth decay and the regular use of sippy cups. The spouts on sippy cups tend to soak the six upper front teeth in the beverage. If this beverage is sugary, like juice, this can increase the susceptibility of these teeth to cavities.
Try to limit the use of sippy cups to snack and meal time.
We don’t think that soothers have a profoundly negative impact on a child’s oral health as long as their use is reasonable and not prolonged.
Studies have not shown that the use of a pacifier in an infant or young child has a directly negative impact on their oral development. However, their use should cease by about 18 months of age, arguably much earlier than that.
Regular use of a soother, after your child’s primary teeth are all in, may cause faulty development of the mouth and jaws. Some studies indicate that it may also negatively influence a child’s speech development.
In addition, if you have poor oral health you should avoid introducing your bacteria into your child’s mouth. Rinse their soother off, at least during the infant stage.
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