Hero Nutritionals Gummy Vitamins ........Gummy-style vitamins are helping kids munch down their daily supplements without a grimace, but some pediatric dentists worry that the candy look-alikes and taste-alikes could be harmful to little teeth.
The sugar combined with the gooey texture could add up to increased cavities, says Mary Hayes, a spokeswoman for the American Dental Association and a pediatric dentist in private practice in Chicago. "I will see children who have been cavity-free, and then they start eating these gummy vitamins, and boom, they have cavities within three months to a year," Hayes says.
Certain bacteria that live on the teeth like to feast on the sugars that are in many gummy vitamins. After the bacteria process those sugars, they excrete acids onto the teeth, and that's what leads to decay and cavities, Hayes says. "Gummy-type vitamins are more likely to sit on or between the teeth longer where the bacteria can thrive. It only takes about 20 minutes for bacteria to start excreting acids."