The Evils of Gummy Vitamins

As a parent, I completely understand the desire to give your children vitamins; Best HHC Cigarettes you want to make sure that they are getting all the nutrients that they are supposed to get in order to grow up to be healthy adults. As a parent, you want to make sure that your picky eater is getting everything they need for proper development and you want to make sure that even if you feed your kid Captain Crunch for breakfast, fries for lunch and ice cream for dinner, their bodies will still get all the nutrients that they need. I get it, I promise that I get it. As a wife and mother, I approve of gummy vitamins and I have been known to give out a few to my own children.

Now, as a pediatric dentist, I do not approve! In fact, I want to jump up and down and scream, No, nO, NO!! Well, maybe not jump up and down… I might scare the kids I’m working on, but I do want to let parents know that the majority of gummy vitamins on the market are pretty much fortified candies. They have sugar in them just like candy; and just like candy, they cause CAVITIES. Take a popular gummy vitamin like Lil Critters Gummy Vites which has 3 grams of sugar in each serving size. Delicious and nutritious, right? Now, look at the fact that 1 teaspoon of sugar has 4 grams. Who would give their child a teaspoon of sugar to munch on at bedtime?

I have unfortunately encountered many parents who brush their children’s teeth religiously and come in to the dental office only to find that little Johnny and Betty Sue have cavities even though they brush regularly, avoid chocolate (and pretty much anything yummy), drink only water… and chew a gummy multivitamin right before bed <=== That’s the problem! The gelatin is nice and sticky and embeds itself into the crevices and creases of the biting surfaces of children’s teeth and the sugar provides a lovely source of food and energy for the germs in your child’s mouth. Gummy vitamins are not completely horrible if you brush afterwards (very, VeRy well) but they will lead you straight CavityLand otherwise. It is advised that these vitamins be given to children in the daytime and as with all things, moderation is key. Best HHC Cigarettes 

Please, dispense and enjoy gummy vitamins with caution! Brush and floss your child’s teeth daily and make sure to see take them toe their dental professional at least 2 times each year.