More Harm Than Good? Gummy Vitamins May Negatively Impact Dental Health

Friday, September 20th, 2013, 5:18 pm

The growing popularity of gummy vitamins is understandable — kids are less likely to complain about having to take a daily vitamin when it looks and tastes exactly like candy. But what seems like a convenient way to make dietary supplements more appealing to children may actually harm their oral health.

Like candy, gummy vitamins can contain artificial flavors, coloring, high fructose corn syrup and/or preservatives. Always read the nutritional label to check how much sugar is in each daily serving, and opt for vitamins that are sugar-free. The chewy texture of gummies also makes them more likely to stick to teeth, which can lead to decay as they adhere to the tooth surface and lodge between teeth.

Along with steering clear of sugar-packed gummy vitamins, here are six tips for preventing your kids from developing cavities:

  1. Make sure that they get the majority of their nutrients from a healthy, balanced diet of vegetables, fruits and dairy products, rather than relying on just vitamins.
  2. For children six and older, ask their dentist about the benefits of a dental sealant,  a plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth to protect them from decay.
  3. Monitor your child’s brushing regimen to ensure that they are brushing their teeth thoroughly and for the recommended amount of time — which is two minutes, twice a day, according to the American Dental Association.
  4. Show your child how to floss correctly and check that they are flossing daily. It’s a healthy habit that’s good to instill early on in order to keep their pearly whites healthy.
  5. Make sure they brush their teeth soon after eating sticky, sugary foods that tend to remain on the tooth surface, including gummies, chewy candies, jam, cookies with a gooey filling and dried fruit.
  6. Stay on top of your child’s regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings schedule.

Dentist in Toccoa

If you want to learn more about how you can improve your at-home dental care approach and flossing techniques, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Wilbanks Smile Center is located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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