Few things are as synonymous with the holiday season as pumpkins. From pumpkin spice lattes to classic pumpkin pie, pumpkins play a prominent – and tasty -– role in holiday dining and socializing.
You already know that pumpkin is delicious, but did you also know that it has enormous health benefits?
What’s in Pumpkin?
Not only are pumpkins a rich source of fiber, but they also a great source of beta-carotene and potassium, all of which play an important role in maintaining good health.
Pumpkins can also yield a number of benefits for your oral health.
Here are a few of the reasons pumpkin can play an important role in helping you maintain a healthy smile:
Pumpkins are rich in vitamins:
The vitamin A in pumpkins can aid in the production of saliva, which helps keep your teeth clean and protects them from decay. The vitamin C in pumpkins promotes a healthy immune system, which can help you resist many common infections, including oral infections.
Pumpkins are rich in magnesium:
The magnesium in pumpkins helps build strong teeth and bones. Magnesium works in tandem with calcium to build hard tooth enamel that is resistant to decay. Magnesium plays a key role in bone formation and in maintaining a good immune system.
Pumpkins are rich in zinc:
Zinc is a common additive in many leading brands of toothpaste, and for good reason. Zinc is critical for strong bones and good oral health. Zinc deficiency has been linked to weak bones, bleeding gums, and poor overall dental health. Studies have also found a link between zinc deficiencies and health issues such as hair loss and anemia.
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of iron:
Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron, which plays an important role in keeping your tongue healthy.
At Las Cruces Dental Solutions, we understand that good dental care does not take a holiday.
Our dedicated staff is committed to providing your family with the quality, compassionate dental care you need to look — and feel – your best during the holidays and throughout the year.