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Sippy cups improve infants' dental health
Updated: 1/20/2009 5:00:01 PM

Sippy cups improve infants Parents who want to get a head start for February's National Children's Dental Health month may want to pick up an infant training cup that will help deter childhood tooth decay.

Infants who have prolonged exposure to liquids such as fruit juice, milk or formula, increase their risk of tooth decay, QConline.com reports. Because those drinks contain sugar, decay can occur while the baby sleeps.

One way parents can avoid this condition is by using training cups which are designed specifically to teach children how to drink from a cup, according to the article. Children who learn to sip from a cup reduce their risk of tooth decay.

Some cups are No Spill products, meaning they have a valve under the spout to prevent spills, states QConline.com. However, this may prevent the child from learning to sip. A child should be sipping from a cup by their first birthday.

The American Dental Association recommends a baby's first dental visit to occur within six months of the emergence of the first tooth, and no later than the child's first birthday.

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