Little Teeth, Handle with Care (Pedcast)

Drinking is a big part of the infant/toddler experience. Knowing the dos and don’ts with regard to bottles and sippy cups is important for parents to know. Doc Smo lays out his views this important subject.

SmoNotes:

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Unlisted, Preventive Oral Health Intervention for Pediatricians. American Academy of Pediatrics, Dec. 2008. Web. July 2010 .

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Unlisted, Oral Health Risk Assessment Timing and Establishment of the Dental Home. American Academy of Pediatrics, May 2003. Web. July 2010 .

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Unlisted, Brushing up on Oral Health: Never to Early to Start. Healthy Living: American Academy of Pediatrics, 8 Feb. 2010. Web. Sep. 2010 .

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3 Comments

  1. Kathy says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do these podcasts for all of us parents! That being said, I have a question… my son drinks diluted crystal light, which is sugar free. Can this also be damaging to his teeth as well? Thanks for your help!

    • Doc Smo says:

      Kathy,

      As far as I know, artificial sweetener will not harm your child’s teeth but I am not sure about the their longterm safety. I think the safest approach to artificially sweetened beverages is to avoid them. In addition to the longterm safety concerns, your child will think that drinking needs to involve calories which is a bad message. You might want to google artificial sweeteners as they relate to weight problems. You might be suprised at what you find. Artificially sweetened drinks are satisfying but problably not very healthy.

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