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Sippy Cup Controversy

Almost every mom uses one to baby her baby. You probably call them sippy cups. A lot of parents use them to break their child from their bottle, and start teaching them to drink from a cup. But are they too good to be true? Some experts say that using a sippy cup can cause dental damage, but others say it turns out it may not be the cup that causes the problems but how often your child drinks from it.

You can find sippy cups almost anywhere. They come with or without handles, and in a variety of colors. But it doesn't matter which one you choose, too much of a good thing could be bad for your child's teeth. The biggest problem with the sippy cup, according to dentists, constantly drinking juice or kool-aid and other drinks with sugar is just bad for their teeth. Pediatric dentist Dr. Jayne Scherrman says, "What you're doing is constantly giving your teeth a sugar bath."

Christy Griffin's two and a half year old twin girls Sydney and Riley started using sippy cups when they were nine months old. Christy says, "My pediatrician recommended I get them off the bottle as soon as possible because they got teeth early and because it helps prevent tooth decay." Dr. Scherrman says, "You need to let your mouth rinse itself out, swallow your saliva, rinse your teeth off and get rid of the sugar."

Christy makes sure her daughters don't use a sippy cup all the time. "They use a sippy cup when we travel, then and at snack time." And letting your child use her sippy cup in moderation is the best thing you can do. "It's not something they get to run all over the place with and take a swig here and there," Dr. Scherrman says. "If a child is going to be outside playing and they want something to drink, set water aside and make them drink it and then take off again."

Makers of sippy cups say that what's inside the cups is what's causing the problem, not the cups themselves. If parents give their kids soda for example, that's bad for their teeth but there's nothing wrong with drinking water out of one.

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