Vitamins and Sugar

Not a Win-Win for Your Teeth

Vitamins are essential to support oral health. If a person eats a varied diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, vitamin supplements are not needed. But if you do decide to take a vitamin to support your overall health, are there any considerations when choosing which kind to take?

Is Sugar Hiding in Your Vitamins?

Gummy vitamins are now marketed to adults as a palatable alternative to pill vitamins, chiefly because they “taste good.” Unfortunately, they taste good because they are packed full of sugar! The typical gummy multivitamin is simply a gummy bear that includes some nutrients. For example, one popular brand of gummy vitamin contains 3 grams of sugar per serving, whereas actual gummy bear candy contains 2.5 grams of sugar per serving.

Gummy Vitamin Alternatives

Vitamins are an important part of a healthy regimen, so is there a better alternative to standard gummy vitamins? Yes, there are healthier choices available! If you still like your gummies, these vitamins also have sugarless versions. Ordinary chewable vitamins are another good choice if you want supplements, because they are not sticky and have less (or no) sugar. There are also the “old fashioned” pill vitamin supplements that won’t leave sugar on your teeth.

The chief point is this: always consider the information label of any supplement product that you choose and keep in mind that the “front” of the container is mostly advertising. The ingredients label tells you what’s really in your vitamins and helps you avoid unnecessary sugar consumption.

Choosing the right vitamin is just one step in a healthy mouth care routine. Whether you take a vitamin daily or not, our Sacramento dentists help our patients have the best oral health possible. Brush and floss daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Look at dental visits as a positive, semi-annual event where we encourage you to keep up your good dental habits!

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