New York vetoes baby bottle tooth decay bill

29 September 2011 (Last Updated September 29th, 2011 03:30)

The New York State Dental Association has announced that the state's governor has vetoed a bill that would have required manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups to include a warning label on the packaging that, it says, would have helped to prevent tooth decay.

The New York State Dental Association has announced that the state's governor has vetoed a bill that would have required manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups to include a warning label on the packaging that, it says, would have helped to prevent tooth decay.

If passed, the bill would have required a label on the packaging to highlight the potential oral health hazards of putting a child to bed with milk or sugary beverages in a baby bottle or sippy cup.

The dental association's support of the bill was based on research showing a 15% increase in cavities among children ages two to five, with strong correlation linking decay and usage of baby dishes.

Based on the fact, many manufacturers have considered the advice of the American Dental Association and New York State Dental Association to include appropriate information and warnings on their packaging.