Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates Caution about the Over-Use of Sippy Cups

The Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates team would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that sippy cups are meant as a short-term tool for babies that are transitioning from bottle sucking to cup drinking. The Snodgrass-King dentists point out that sippy cups, though convenient, should not be used long-term. According to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, reports the Snodgrass-King team, children’s tooth decay has become a widespread problem, affecting at least 28% of kids between the ages of two and five.

Many dentists, including the Snodgrass-King pediatric dentistry team, believe that sippy cups filled with sugary drinks are the culprit. The Snodgrass-King dentists remind parents that sippy cups are not bottles or pacifiers and should not be used as such. The Snodgrass-King dentists do acknowledge that it is easy to sooth a baby with apple juice, milk, or some other sweetened beverage in a sippy cup. The drink is tasty and self-contained, observes a Snodgrass-King dentist, and nearly eliminates the chances of messy spills. Because of these conveniences, notes the Snodgrass-King dentist, many parents keep their children on sippy cups longer than is recommended. But these conveniences, says the Snodgrass-King pediatric dentist, bring with them the heightened risk of tooth decay and cavities.

The design of sippy cups, explains the Snodgrass-King team, encourages children to suck their beverage right into the space between their teeth and lips, bathing their tooth enamel with sugars that cause decay. One Snodgrass-King pediatric dentist suggests that parents use sippy cups for only as long as it takes to get a child used to drinking from a real cup. Furthermore, if sippy cups are being used for nap times or pacification, adds the Snodgrass-King dentist, they should only contain water. Fill your child’s sippy cup with another beverage during meal times only, suggests the Snodgrass-King dentist. This will help prevent your child from becoming too dependent on the soothing sweet beverages during the day, concludes the Snodgrass-King pediatric dentist.

Snodgrass-King Franklin (Cool Springs)
125 Cool Springs Blvd.
Suite 140
(in the Aspen Grove Medical Plaza)
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 771-1111
Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm & Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm

Snodgrass-King Hermitage
4761 Andrew Jackson Pkwy.
Hermitage, TN 37076
Phone: (615) 885-3525
Fax: (615) 885-3657
Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Snodgrass-King Spring Hill
Spring Hill Medical Plaza
5073 Main Street
Suite 240
Spring Hill, TN 37174
Phone: (615) 302-4200
Fax: (615) 302-4201
Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Snodgrass-King Murfreesboro
Gateway Medical Plaza II
1747 Medical Center Parkway
Suite 300
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Phone: (615) 225-0700
Fax: (615) 225-0701
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

About Snodgrss-King

Founded by Franklin, Tennessee-based pediatric dentists Dr. David Snodgrass and Dr. John T. King, Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates has a combined dental experience of nearly 100 years. The staff of Snodgrass-King provides outstanding service and offers an excellent dental experience with convenience for middle Tennesseans.

The co-founding dentists of Snodgrass-King offer a wide knowledge base that has earned them recognition across the Southeastern United States. Publishing numerous articles in orthodontic and pediatric journals, Dr. David Snodgrass serves part-time at Vanderbilt University as a clinical professor investing in the pediatric dentists of the near future. The Snodgrass-King co-founder is also a recognized lecturer as a member of the American Orthodontic Society, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the International Association of Orthodontics. Snodgrass-King co-founder Dr. John T. King has followed in the footsteps of his father, earning a Diplomat Board Certification with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. A Franklin, Tennessee native, Dr. King enjoys mentoring other pediatric dentists.

Partnering with the Snodgrass-King co-founders are Dr. Jennifer House and Dr. David Burnside. Prior to joining the staff of Snodgrass-King, Dr. Jennifer House and Dr. David Burnside both completed their education at Boston University Medical Center. In addition to the common alma mater, both Dr. House and Dr. Burnside carry memberships in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association and the Nashville Dental Society.

While parents bring their children to Snodgrass-King for the dental expertise, children love coming to Snodgrass-King because of the experience. Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates offers a unique experience to children who typically have the normal fears of going to the dentist. The moment a child steps into the Franklin, Tennessee office of Snodgrass-King, they are transported to a different dimension. Whether it is the random visits of Chomp, the Snodgrass-King alligator mascot, to the video games, or watching a movie during teeth cleanings, this pediatric dental office is anything but typical. So while mom and dad bring the kids because of the experience and education of the staff, the kids want to come simply because it is fun.

The dental team of Snodgrass-King takes their experience beyond just the local office. Pediatric dentists from the Franklin, Tennessee practice, along with Dr. David Snodgrass and Dr. John King, have taken their talents and expertise to the Dominican Republic and Haiti since 2007. On their most recent trip, the Snodgrass-King team served over 300 patients. In addition, Snodgrass-King has donated previously used dental equipment to the impoverished areas. The pediatric dentists of Snodgrass-King, wherever they are, are committed to serving with excellence.

The Snodgrass-King website ( offers numerous free information resources concerning pediatric oral health, safety tips and what to expect from a visit to the dentist’s office. On the website, parents can also find additional information concerning the services that Snodgrass-King offers including pediatric, orthodontic, and specialty dental work. For children needing specialty services, the Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates website explains more about the general and cosmetic work offered along with oral and maxillofacial specializations.

Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates has offices in Franklin, Spring Hill, Murfreesboro and Hermitage, Tennessee. For more information go to or call them at 615-771-1111.

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