If you've been in the vitamin section of any pharmacy or grocery store lately, you've probably seen dozens of brands of gummy vitamins. The idea behind gummies is to make taking vitamins more palatable. Unfortunately, gummies may not be the optimal choice for children's vitamins.
Kids are renowned picky eaters. They don't understand the importance of a well-balanced diet, and the younger they are, the more erratic their eating habits may seem.
While giving your child multivitamins may seem like a good way to improve their nutrition, the gummy ones may not be a great choice. Though these chews can be packed with vitamins, many also contain sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
Like candy, vitamin gummies wreak havoc on your children's teeth. Even with regular brushing, the stickiness of the sugar does not come off easily. If you give your kids gummies at the beginning of the day, they may have sugar on their teeth throughout it. Sugar on the teeth leads to tooth decay and may result in the need for fillings.
If your kids require vitamins, consider chewable tablets. Chewable multivitamins are classic and do not leave a sugary residue on your children's teeth. Additionally, chewable multivitamins generally have a higher vitamin content than gummy vitamins. The only downside to classic chewables is that they tend to have a chalky consistency that kids may not like.
Consider dropping multivitamins altogether if your child is healthy and without vitamin deficiencies or other health problems. Instead, explore healthy, balanced recipes that appeal to children. Include your children in the preparation of the meals. Many kids are more likely to eat food that they helped prepare.
Children's dental health is critical. When you protect their teeth from an early age, you set a foundation for continued dental care. While gummy vitamins may seem appealing, they are unsuitable for children. Consider offering healthy foods or chewable vitamins instead of gummies. Contact us and book your appointment today to protect your children's oral health!