Transitioning from the bottle to the sippy cup is definitely a huge rite of passage for little ones. However, even though a sippy cup is designed for your child, it’s important for it to be filled with the right liquids and used properly. Dr. Shiva Basir of Upper East Side Kids Dentist educates parents on the best way to use sippy cups to promote better oral health for youngsters.
Benefits of a Sippy Cup
Sippy cups are easy and convenient. You can fill them with almost any liquid. As tempting as other liquids are, it’s a good idea to fill them only with water except at mealtimes. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) reports that more often than not, these convenient cups are filled with sugary drinks that promote tooth decay over time.
Dr. Basir is a New York dentist who desires to provide parents with the education they need to ensure they understand the best way to use a sippy cup. Ideally, water should be the primary liquid used in the sippy cup. When the cups are filled with sugary juices and children are allowed to drink at nap time and bedtime, tooth decay can develop over time. In addition, the use of sippy cups should be limited. They are simply a temporary tool to help children transition from the bottle to a regular drinking cup.
Getting Your Kids Off to a Good Start
Help small children get off to a great start when it comes to oral health. Use sippy cups to aid with the transition but don’t fill them with sugary liquids. Also, follow the recommended schedule for dental visits. This means starting early. A child’s first visit to the dentist should occur when they get their first tooth or by their first birthday. To obtain and maintain good oral health it’s important for them to get a good start.