Posted on February 9, 2024 | First Time
There is a harsh reality that many of us face on a daily basis.
“If it tastes sweet and yummy, it is probably bad for you.”
While fresh fruits and seasoned vegetables are clear exceptions to this statement, gummy vitamins don’t fully escape the stereotype.
Even though gummy vitamins offer a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, they have potential to be harmful to teeth. Even citrus gummies which offer loads of vitamin C (the “scurvy-fighting” vitamin) are capable of causing tooth decay and cavities.
But don’t throw out that bottle yet. Let’s get to know the enemy and see if there’s a way to have your vitamin—and eat it too.
The non-scientific version is that gummy vitamins are sticky and sugary, and therefore bad for teeth. The more technical explanation involves the creation of acid and breakdown of enamel..
Bacteria in the mouth feeds off sugar and converts it into more harmful substances that break down teeth. Gelatinous food debris adheres to teeth in hard to reach areas and gives the bacteria a safe haven for acid production. This perfect storm of sugar and stickiness make gummy vitamins a natural counterpart to oral care.
Even “sugar-free” gummies contain different flavorings and additives that can potentially weaken tooth enamel.
The ideal solution to gummy vitamin decay is a well-balanced nutritious diet—mixing-and-matching produce and nutrient-rich foods to give your child everything they need without the hassle of extra artificial sugar. However, we know that’s not always an option.
The perfect diet can be expensive, hard to plan, and hard to get a child to buy into. Gummy vitamins are going to beat brussel sprouts every time.
So what are the alternatives? If your child prefers gummy vitamins, and you prefer to keep your child happy, we recommend that you pair gummies with the following:
If your child isn’t already attached to the taste of gummy vitamins, here are some supplement alternatives that can help you deliver the good, without as much of the bad:
If you want to get your child their essential vitamins, but you’re unsure about how to move forward, do not hesitate to reach out to oral-care specialists for advice.
The takeaway from this article isn’t supposed to be that gummy vitamins are bad for children. If properly administered, they still provide a multitude of benefits related to health and growth. The important part is this: gummy vitamins are a dessert. It may also be beneficial to give the gummy vitamins in the morning, so that saliva has a chance during the day to cleanse the teeth, rather than right before bed, when salivary flow tends to decrease.
Gummies should be treated like candy—eaten with a meal, taken in moderation, followed by water, and quickly being countered with toothpaste.
If you’re concerned about any potential damage to your children’s teeth from gummy vitamins, or want to make sure you’ve got it right moving forward, reach out to the experts at Blossom Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. We’ll look for cavities, tooth decay, and other signs of damage from acid buildup.
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