Sippy cups help children move from drinking out of bottles to drinking out of regular cups. However, there is sometimes an increased risk for tooth decay when kids use sippy cups. Baby bottle tooth decay is an all-too-common problem but can be avoided with proper attention and care. Learn more about how to use sippy cups in San Juan, Texas, by meeting with our dentist.
As soon as your child’s first tooth emerges, make an appointment with Agua Dental. The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommends that parents schedule their child’s first visit with the dentist by their first birthday. At this initial appointment, our dentist can examine your child’s mouth for any risks or signs of decay. Dr. Trent Savage can also talk with parents about possible sources of bacterial growth, including sippy cups.
As soon as your child can grasp a cup, parents are encouraged to introduce a sippy cup. However, sippy cups can start to expose your child’s teeth to too many sugary liquids. Frequent drinking from the cup can increase bacterial growth, so limit how much time your child has with sippy cups containing breast milk, formula, fruit juice, soda or other drinks containing sugar additives. With less exposure comes less risk for tooth decay. Water is usually the best alternative; contact our office at 956-702-2482 for more information.