The World of the Sippy Cup

As much of the world – particularly soccer fans – has it’s focus on the World Cup, and most recently countries like Senegal, Columbia, Japan and Poland , parents of infants and toddlers should always consider the appropriate use and potential pitfalls of a” year-round” cup – namely the sippy cup.

The obvious advantage of a sippy cup is the prevention of spills as a toddler is learning to drink from a cup. However, the American Dental Association generally advises against the use of sippy cups with valves for a number of reasons, including that those with valves really are not teaching children to sip, but rather just providing something akin to a “baby bottle in disguise.” Additional concerns include over use with sugary drinks potentially leading to dental cavities, as well as the child roaming around with the cup with the potential to fall and injure the mouth.

So as soccer teams from around the world have their eyes on the World Cup, parents remember to keep your eye on the ball for your child’s dental health and consider the appropriate and limited use of the sippy cup.

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