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Do you ever wonder if the children’s sippy cups are safe for your child’s smile? If so, you’re not alone. Many parents want to choose the best sippy cups for their children. Unfortunately, there are some sippy cups that can harm the teeth, but there are also cups that are safe for use. To help you know which cups are right for your child, our dentist, Dr. Anthony Scoma, has some information he would like to share with you.

First, let’s talk about the different sippy cup options. You have transition cups, which are best for kids who are 4 to 12 months old. These cups should have two handles and a soft nipple that is easy on your baby’s gums. You also have toddler cups, which are best for kids who are 12 months to 3 years old. These cups should have straws or spouts. They won’t usually have handles because they will help your child improve their dexterity. Lastly, you have kid bottles, which are typically for children older than 3 years old. They should look like water bottles—but kid sized—and they should be much bigger than toddler cups.

The American Dental Association recommends that children do not use sippy cups that have valves on them. This is because the valves prolong the use of sucking instead of sipping. When it comes to sippy cups with straws or spouts, the straw cups are recommended because the straw helps keep the liquid away from the front teeth. This can help your child prevent cavities.

If you have any questions about the best sippy cup in La Jolla, California, please call Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc at 858-551-9700 when you get the chance. Our dental team will be more than happy to assist you!