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whats the difference between a bottle and a straw?

i keep hearing about bottle mouth, so my son is a yr old and i bought him a sippy cup with a straw, but im wondering what is the difference between a bottle and a straw?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:33 PM on May. 27, 2010 in Kids' Health

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Answers (3)
  • As PPs said, it's more a matter of what drips in and stays in the mouth, which can't happen with a straw because they actively have to suck to get something out. They also use different muscles; I've heard straws are better for speech development because of that.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 9:30 PM on May. 30, 2010

  • Bottle mouth is caused by sleeping with a bottle of milk or juice so that the liquid is continuously washing over the teeth, causing serious tooth decay, especially of the front teeth. If you only give your child water in a night bottle or, better yet, never put your child down with a bottle, there shouldn't be any risk of bottle mouth.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 8:32 AM on May. 28, 2010

  • If they hold a bottle in their mouth continuously it can drip over the teeth. A straw doesn't do that.

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 4:14 PM on May. 28, 2010