Gummy Vitamins—Good or Bad for a Child’s Teeth?
When it comes to getting your child to take a daily vitamin, you may be happy to accept anything that doesn’t turn it into a struggle. Most children are not able to take pills, and chewable or liquid vitamins may not taste very good. Thus, the industry has come up with gummy vitamins to encourage a child to take daily supplements. But how are gummy vitamins on teeth?
Just How Bad Are They?
The fact is that these gummy vitamins have most of the same ingredients as any other type sticky, sweet, gummy candy. They are simply infused with vitamins to make them beneficial. Thus, while the supplement may be good for the child’s body in general, the candy part can be rough on teeth. In reality, any other form of supplementation is better for your child. But what if he or she will only take a vitamin in gummy form?
Protecting Young Teeth from Harm
The worst components of these gummy vitamins are sugar (which feeds bacteria in the mouth), citric acid (which eats through tooth enamel), and gelatin (which causes the sugar and acid to stick to the teeth and gums). Finding gummy vitamins that have less sugar (but no artificial sweeteners either) or no citric acid is a start. However, the real key is to brush teeth within 30-60 minutes of the vitamin. This will help to remove the gelatin and sugar without harming the tooth enamel by brushing too soon after the citric acid.
In short, it is better to have your child use chewable or liquid supplements that are not in gummy form. However, in lieu of finding a new supplement, just be sure that gelatin isn’t allowed to attach sugar and acid to your child’s teeth for very long.
BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry is happy to provide helpful tips to keep your child’s mouth healthy throughout the developmental years. Contact us today at 619-741-1500 to schedule an appointment and to learn more about proper prevention techniques.