Posted April 23, 2014

“Remember to take your vitamins.” You must have heard that at least once from one of your parents. People associate vitamins with medicine, such as cough drops and syrup. That’s why it’s hard to swallow vitamins in pill form.

To make vitamins more enjoyable for kids and adults, many companies have started producing the alternative to pill-form vitamins, gummies. They have started marketing them as, “A tasty alternative to dry and chalky vitamins.”

Kids enjoy them because they taste fruity and remind them of gummy worms, fruit snacks and so forth. And adults seem to prefer them to pill form because they are easier to consume.

Do you know what’s in your gummy vitamins?

Below your Woburn dentist, Dr. Massabni, has listed a number of popular vitamin brands that may boost immune health but won’t benefit your oral health.

One A Day VitaCraves Adult Multivitamin Supplement Gummies

What they want you to see:

  • Immunity with Vitamins A, C and E
  • Heart Health with Vitamins B6, B12, C and E
  • Eye Health with Vitamins A, C and E

Ingredients:

  • Glucose Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Gelatin
  • Citric Acid
  • Folic Acid

Vitafusion Gummy Vitamins for Adults

What they want you to see:

  • Supports calcium absorption
  • Tasty alternative
  • Vitamin D 2000 IU

Ingredients:

  • Glucose Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Citric Acid
  • Lactic Acid

Vitafusion MultiVites Sour, Gummy Vitamins Citrus & Berry

What they want you to see:

  • Antioxidant support
  • Powerfully nutritious
  • Excellent source of Vitamins A, C and E

Ingredients:

  • Glucose Syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Gelatin
  • Citric Acid

People only see catchy phrases, such as “Powerfully nutritious,” “Boldly delicious” and “Specially formulated.” Yes, it’s formulated to provide the nutrients and vitamins that you may not be getting enough of on a daily basis.

However, what do you notice about the ingredients? Each gummy vitamin’s major ingredient includes glucose syrup, sucrose, lactic acid and citric acid—four things that can damage your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay.

Most people don’t rinse or brush their teeth after eating a vitamin because it seems harmless. You don’t want acid and sugar resting on your teeth for a long period of time. That’s why it’s important to practice good dental habits (link to tooth decay and cavities page).

If your primary physician has requested you take a supplement, you need to make sure you are also protecting your teeth, not just your body.

Do you take gummy vitamins? If you need a dental checkup, call our Woburn dentist office at (781) 935-2200.