The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry published an article in 2007 on using "sippy cups" for children. The advice in this article on keeping children's teeth healthy is important for parents everywhere!
- Childhood caries (or "cavities") are becoming more and more common. One of the main causes is frequent exposure to sugared beverages for extended periods of time.
- A sippy cup is a transitional tool for your child when switching from a bottle to a regular cup. It must only be used for a short period.
- The only beverage recommended for use in a sippy cup is water. If you use sugared beverages, limit them to mealtimes and start gradually diluting the beverage until the child gets used to pure water.
- This is especially important at bedtime, since prolonged exposure to sweet beverages at night can cause extra tooth decay.