As a parent, you want to make the best decisions for your child’s growth and this includes the development of his/her teeth, jaw, gums, and their overall oral hygiene. A few factors can play into this including the type of cups your child is drinking from. Here’s how:
Sippy cups require a decent amount of sucking to get the liquid to come out. Yes, they are ideal for toddlers as they aren’t on the bottle and progressing more toward a regular cup, but they can affect normal growth if used too frequently. If the hard plastic is shaped in a way that doesn’t compliment the roof of the mouth or the front teeth, this can cause teeth to grow in improperly or even reshape the roof of the mouth.
Sucking is a normal part of development and a comforting action, but it can affect your child’s teeth. During their youngest years, it most likely won’t cause damage, but the older a child gets and the more frequent they are sucking on a bottle, the top teeth can begin to slant out or in and the jaw can become misaligned.
We understand using these cups is completely necessary and normal, but try to stay away from constant sucking and drinking to prevent oral problems. Try other options like straws or very soft bottle nipples. If you have more questions about cups and teeth growth, contact us!
Schedule your appointment today if you are concerned about your child’s dental health. We’re happy to answer any and all questions to comfort you!