'Tis the season... for delicious pumpkin treats! Sugary sweets such as pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, and pumpkin bread are obviously hazardous to your oral health, but pumpkin itself has been linked to some incredible oral health benefits. The ever-versatile pumpkin may be largely associated with Halloween and tasty fall treats, but it is also chock-full of vitamins and nutrients that can provide great benefits for your smile. So how can eating pumpkin benefit your smile, this holiday season? Read on to learn more!
Pumpkin is a member of the gourd family that contains a wide array of beneficial nutrients. These include: zinc, magnesium, beta-carotene, potassium, and vitamin C. Whether you're snacking on pumpkin seeds or canned pumpkin all of these vitamins and nutrients add up to helping your immune system, overall health, and, of course, your oral health. Let's take a closer look at how the nutritional breakdown of pumpkin can help you achieve a healthy smile.
Zinc is an excellent supplement that is imperative for oral health. Zinc deficiency is linked to poor dental health and weak bones so adding zinc-rich food do your diet can keep you smiling. Also, zinc aids in gum health. Toothpaste with zinc citrate has been found to help patients suffering from bleeding gums.
Magnesium is an important factor in the process of enamel formation. Magnesium and calcium make up your tooth enamel, working to resist tooth decay and protect your teeth.
Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in the human body. It's important because it promotes healing. This vitamin is beneficial for overall health, of course, but it can be excellent for repairing damaged gums.
Vitamin C is one of the major vitamins that strengthens and supports your immune system. Your ability to fight off mouth infections is tied to the strength of your immune system so don't skimp on the vitamin C.
Remember to avoid the sugary treats and stick with lighter pumpkin fare. It's delicious no matter how you consume it and (bonus!) dentist approved. From all of us at Gary Johnson, DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and look forward to meeting all your dental needs in the new year.