We all want the best for our children, and we hope for a relatively easy way to do that. Gummy vitamins seem like a godsend to parents who want to keep children’s diets well rounded and full of nutritious choices. But we all want to know: Are gummy vitamins bad for teeth? If they are, what options do we have?
Gummy Vitamins Can Increase Risk for Cavities
The sticky sugar in gummy vitamins can adhere to teeth, helping to weaken enamel, and contributing to plaque which can lead to cavities. They may contain many valuable vitamins and minerals, but when it comes to teeth, they can be just as destructive as fruit snacks or gummy bears. If you’re asking “Are gummy vitamins bad for teeth?” the short answer is, they certainly aren’t healthy for them.
Gummy Vitamins Aren’t Your Only Option
Gummy Vitamins aren’t the only way to enrich your child’s diet. You can find options for vitamins that won’t be such a friend to decay and plaque. You can buy vitamins that dissolve under the tongue, give your children enriched drinks like carnation milk or pedia sure, to have with their breakfast, or provide vitamin fortified foods such as oatmeal, milk, or yogurt. There are also chewable vitamins, which can be a healthier option for oral health than gummies, and generally just as welcome to many children.
In addition, a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, dairy such as cheese, yogurt, or milk are always helpful both to your child’s overall health, and their oral health.
If you Must… Here’s How to Use Gummy Vitamins Wisely
If you’re still asking “Are gummy vitamins bad for teeth?” know that although they may contribute to tooth decay, if you must, you can still use them. Some ways to use them wisely include, having your children drink water directly after consuming the vitamins, and brush their teeth 30-60 minutes after consuming them. This may help mitigate the damage a little, as sugar in the gummies can affect the tooth enamel, softening it and making it more susceptible to wear and tear during brushing directly after eating the gummies. Water may wash away some of the food debris, and brushing can remove what is sticking to the teeth as well. Make sure to floss thoroughly, and check with your dentist about what toothpaste is best for your child’s age and needs.
Call our Gilbert, Mesa or San Tan Valley dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.