Vitamins in gummy form were first introduced in the late 60s and have been gaining popularity steadily over time. Vitamins were created in gummy form in order to make them more palatable to children who needed the essential vitamins and minerals. These days even some adult vitamins are made in the gummy form for adults who have difficulty swallowing regular pills.
There’s no doubt that gummy vitamins can provide many benefits, but there are also some drawbacks to consider. For example, these gummies can have a very negative effect on your child’s dental health.
Even though gummy vitamins may be good for making sure that your child gets the nutrition he or she needs, this doesn’t make up for the damage thee gummies can do to his or her dental health. While these gummies do contain vitamins, they also contain harmful ingredients like glucose syrup and sugar. Even sugar-free vitamin gummies are high in citric acid, which can eat away at the tooth enamel.
Ingredients aside, the consistency of any type of gummy snack is harmful to the teeth. Substances with sticky textures will stick more easily to the crevices and contours of your child’s teeth, allowing more time to eat away at the enamel and cause tooth decay and dental cavities.
If your child eats a balanced, healthy diet, he or she may not even need vitamin supplements. Please discuss vitamin supplements with your child’s pediatrician before using them regularly. If your child does need vitamin gummies, we recommend brushing his or her teeth after administering them.
To make an appointment for the whole family to have a dental cleaning and a checkup, please contact SpringRock Dental here in Aurora, Colorado.