What parent doesn't want their child to be completely healthy?
If you are like many parents, you probably give your child a daily
vitamin and most likely, it's a gummy vitamin. The need for
vitamins aside, let's focus on the gummy bear and its 'cousins'
(fruit snacks, fruit leathers, raisins, and basically anything
sweet and sticky).
Most people know that sugar can cause cavities. When you eat
sugar, the bacteria in the mouth combine with the sugars to form
acids. Long story short, these acids cause the cavities.
The reason gummy bears and their 'cousins' are so bad for your
child's teeth is the fact that not only are they high in sugar, but
they are very sticky, causing these treats to remain in and around
teeth long after they are eaten. This prolonged exposure is the
reason why gummies are so harmful to the teeth.
Instead of giving your children the gummy vitamin, opt for a
non-gummy, chewable one instead. Instead of the fruit snacks, give
your child real fruit. If fruit doesn't cut it, a 'better' treat is
actually chocolate. Though it does contain sugar, chocolate
dissolves quickly and completely.
Kids love juice! It's also relatively inexpensive and parents
often think it is healthy, leading parents to give kids an
excessive amount of juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends that children ages 1-6 consume no more than 4 to 6
ounces of juice per day. The high sugar content (even in 100% fruit
juices) and the high consumption rate lead to juices being a big
factor in cavities.
If your child has to have juice, make sure that you choose 100%
fruit juice and dilute it with water to reduce the amount of
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