Our Pediatric Dentistry in Jupiter Shares Sippy Cup Tips and Caring for Your Child’s Teeth and Gums
As your child gets older and becomes more independent, sippy cups come into the picture. It’s a major milestone that your child has graduated from bottles to sippy cups. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your toddler should be ready to move on from the breast or bottle between the ages of 12 and 24 months.
There are several different types of sippy cups to choose from, but there are a few things to look out for when selecting the right one for your child that our pediatric dentistry in Jupiter wants all parents to be aware of. The American Dental Association explains while it’s tempting to buy a “no-spill” cup, these are essentially baby bottles with a different design. The aim is to shift from sucking to sipping. No-spill cups have a valve that stops spills and the only way your child can drink from a no-spill cup is to suck, not sip.
You should look for the following when helping your child how to sip with a sippy cup:
• A cup with a snap-on or screw-on lid that has a spout, but no valve
• Training cups with two handles
• Training cups with weighted bases to keep them upright and to cut down on spills
In addition to choosing the right sippy cup, it’s important to know which drinks are best to give your child. The best drink for your child’s teeth is water with fluoride. Milk is also a great option to offer during meals, though it’s important to keep the amount of milk limited. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, juice has no nutritional value for children under the age of 1. It’s suggested that children under the age of 1 should not consume juice at all.
Older children, however, can drink some juice in recommended, age-appropriate limits during their meals. Sugary drinks like fruit juice increase your child’s risk for cavities, especially if your child is drinking it between meals. The act of chewing during meals gets saliva flowing, which washes away any leftover sugar from juice or food on your child’s teeth.
Learning how to use a regular cup may take some time for your child, but like any new skill, practice makes perfect. Practicing during mealtimes is the best time to teach your child how to sip from a regular cup. To reduce spilling, start by pouring only small amounts of water or milk into the cup. Cups with two handles or small paper cups are great starter tools. Once the day is done, don’t let your child go to bed with any kind of cup unless it’s filled with water. Letting sugary drinks pool in your child’s mouth overnight can lead to cavities.
Looking for more helpful tips for your child’s smile? Don’t hesitate to ask our pediatric dentistry in Jupiter, Premier Dentistry! Give our Jupiter location a call at (561) 747-7111 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Casel and our team today.