Getting kids to take their vitamins can sometimes be a challenge. So when gummy vitamins came into the market, it seemed that this challenge was a thing of the past. The gummy vitamins look and taste like candy, so getting kids to take them is so easy. Unfortunately, they not only look and taste like candy, but they are made with many of the same sugary ingredients as candy, but fortified with vitamins. The gummy vitamins are full of sugar and very sticky, which means that the sugar will sit on the teeth for extended periods of time. This exposure to sugar can breakdown the protective enamel layer of teeth, causing tooth decay at a young age.
IF NOT GUMMY VITAMINS, WHAT IS BEST FOR KIDS TEETH?
But what about sugar-free gummy vitamins? Even sugar-free gummies can be harmful to our teeth. They contain a sticky gelatin and enamel eating citric acid. This combination can cause cavities as quickly as the sugar gummy vitamins.
OVERALL, KIDS TEETH VS GUMMY VITAMINS. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
When considering a vitamin, I advise my pediatric patients to choose a non-gummy, chewable children’s vitamin and to take them with meals. These vitamins has less sugar and no sticky gelatin to encourage cavities. Give them a try!