Did you just introduce your baby to solid food and a drinking cup? You are now probably looking for your new best friend - a sippy cup. How to choose the right one and support the healthy oral development of your little one?
With a sippy cup, your baby can drink any beverage and you don’t have to worry about cleaning messy spills. Are you asking why is it so important to be picky when it comes to the sippy cup? Because with the first solid food and first cups, your baby starts to develop more natural swallows than the ones they used for breast or bottle feeding which is crucial for the right oral muscles development.
There are many options starting from sippy cups with hard and soft spouts which are the popular choice for parents looking for an alternative for feeding bottle. But many dentists, speech and multifunctional therapist do not recommend them. Why? When using a spouted cup, the tongue is not able to reach the right position because the spout physically blocks it. The tongue drops to the bottom of the mouth and then causes the teeth and jaw to distort and the tongue muscle then weakens over time.
When using spoutless WOW CUP®, the child has to use more movement and control from their jaw, tongue, lips, and cheeks. All those additional movements help to contribute to healthy dental alignment.
Did you know, the tongue is a respiratory organ and has 16 muscles? When those muscles are weak or the tongue doesn’t function right, it may affect speech, eating and also sleeping. OUR WOW CUP® assists in the strengthening of the tongue muscle and helps to train the right position of the tongue, and for that, is often used in myofunctional therapy. The Myofunctional therapy is an exercised based therapy that improves the function of the tongue and facial muscles and helps for example with dental, speech and sleep disordered breathing.
“There should be no pressure of the tongue forward against the teeth, there should be no lateral tongue flare, and there should always be pressure against the top of the mouth of the tongue and with the back of the tongue touching the throat. It is a major win if the WOW CUP® teaches the tongue to function this way,” said Barbara Greene, Myofunctional Therapist.
But, not only kids can have trouble with weak tongue muscles. Adults going through myofunctional therapy also use WOW CUP®. “I do recommend the WOW CUP® for patients who need to exercise their tongues to go up to the palate. This may help with orthodontic problems, jaw pain, and sleep disorders. This also includes, mouth breathing, digestive issues, and forward head posture may improve with proper tongue function,” described Joy Moeller, Myofunctional Therapist.
In conclusion, spoutless 360 WOW CUP® assists your baby to use more movement and control from their jaw, tongue and lips. Award-winning WOW CUP® also assist in the strengthening of oral and tongue muscles which is crucial for healthy oral development, and helps in the development of a natural swallow pattern.