Toddler’s non-spill cups, sometimes known as Sippy cups, do prevent spilt drinks; however, they can also cause dental decay and injuries if not used safely.
The decay issues with sugary liquids in well known; sugar reacts with the bacteria in the mouth and steadily damages teeth. Sippy cups make this problem worse. When using such a cup the front teeth are constantly exposed to the liquid being consumed, increasing the decay. Furthermore, children using these Sippy cups tend to sip liquids steadily over a long period of time; this constant exposure also increases the decay. Individuals drinking from a regular cup tend to consume the beverage in one sitting, meaning only a brief exposure to the liquid. Children with Sippy cups have increased decay on the front teeth due to these teeth being constantly exposed to sugary liquids.
This issue does not apply to children when drinking water. Decent quality water will not harm the teeth. Problems only occur when the children drink sugary substances, or with some milk of baby formulas.
Safe Cup use
It is unfortunately common for children to trip while running with a Sippy cup. Tripping over is bad enough, but the child can severely damage teeth if they have something in their mouth. Instruct children to only drink when sitting or standing still. Most accidents can be avoided.
The choice of cup makes a significant difference. Children’s drinking cups with soft silicon tops will cause much less damage if the child falls over. Children’s cups that incorporate a straw are reasonably spill-proof and expose the child’s teeth to much less liquid. It can be a good idea to replace the type of drinking cup as the child’s physical skills develop.
Only use water in the children’s non-spill cups, where possible. When a child needs to drink other liquids make sure they consume the whole drink in one sitting; small portions are advisable. Drinking through a straw reduces the teeth’s exposure to the liquid.
Use a non-spill cup that has a soft silicone top or a cup with an inbuilt straw. This prevents the child from injuring themselves if they fall with a cup in their mouth. Do not let the child run around while drinking from a cup.