This is part of a series of articles made possible by the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month (February). In this series, the American Dental Association offers some informative articles to help people attain optimum dental health. This article poses the question, are you prepared for a dental emergency, and offers some great, specific tips for some of the more typical emergencies we might experience.
Many Americans do not carry dental insurance – more than 100 million, by some estimates. In the past decade, stories of Americans headed to Mexico dentists for a “dental vacation’ have become not just common but passe, and seem if anything to be increasing during the recession – it seems patients can easily justify the cost of a vacation that includes saving many thousands on dental care, sometimes for the whole family. Dental travel facilitators have sprung up like dandelions, and many self-insured employers are beginning to offer dental benefits abroad through underwriters like Blue Cross’ Companion Global Health and Global Medical Conexions.
Many top quality dental treatment clinics abroad use US labs to ensure they are working with the highest quality materials. Most dental clinics catering to international patients provide patient testimonials and before and after dental patient pictures, as well as free dental consults and in one notable case, a 25 Year Dental Warranty to patients. Patients can even price their procedures with a Dental Cost Estimator.
The American Dental Association articles include Sipping, Snacking and Tooth Decay and Are you prepared for a dental emergency?. “Sippy Cups and Your Child’s Teeth” is one in a series of helpful articles authored by the ADA in an effort to give kids something to smile about not just for Children’s Dental Health Month but well into adulthood.
*** Sippy Cups and Your Child’s Teeth / information provided by the ADA***
As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One of the risk factors for early childhood caries (sometimes called baby bottle tooth decay or nursing mouth syndrome) is frequent and prolonged exposure of a baby’s teeth to liquids, such as fruit juice, milk or formula, which all contain sugar.
Tooth decay can occur when a baby is put to bed with a bottle. Infants should finish their naptime or bedtime bottle before going to bed. Because decay can destroy the teeth of an infant or young child, you should encourage your children to drink from a cup by their first birthdays.
Many training cups, also called sippy or tippy cups, are available in stores. Many are “no spill” cups, which are essentially baby bottles in disguise. “No spill” cups include a valve beneath the spout to stop spills. However, cups with valves do not allow your child to sip. Instead the child gets liquid by sucking on the cup, much like a baby bottle. This practice defeats the purpose of using a training cup, as it prevents the child from learning to sip.
Don’t let your child carry the training cup around. Toddlers are often unsteady on their feet. They take an unnecessary risk if they try to walk and drink at the same time. Falling while drinking from a cup has the potential to injure the mouth.
A training cup should be used temporarily. Once your child has learned how to sip, the training cup has achieved its purpose. It can and should be set aside when no longer needed.
For sipping success, carefully choose and use a training cup. As the first birthday approaches, encourage your child to drink from a cup. As this changeover from baby bottle to training cup takes place, be very careful:
- what kind of training cup you choose
- what goes into the cup
- how frequently your child sips from it
- that your child does not carry the cup around
Talk to your dentist for more information. If your child has not had a dental examination, schedule a “well baby checkup” for his or her teeth. The American Dental Association says that it is beneficial for the first dental visit to occur within six months of the appearance of the first tooth, and no later than the child’s first birthday.
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