Could Your Oral Health Improve from Including Pumpkin in Your Diet?
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
The foods you eat play a larger role in how healthy you are. This is not surprising for most people to hear. What does surprise people is how some foods can affect differ areas of their body.
If you ask someone what foods impact their oral health, you will hear about how sugary foods cause cavities or how drinking water helps remove debris, but you will probably not hear anything about how pumpkin can improve your oral health. This is how it does that.
What Does a Pumpkin Have?
Most people are familiar with the pumpkins they carve during Halloween. Some will enjoy a pumpkin pie or some other type of pumpkin snack, but they probably don't know the good things they will find inside of that pumpkin.
Pumpkins are high in fiber, zinc, magnesium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. These vitamins and mineral can improve not only your oral health, but your overall health.
The Impact of Vitamins and Minerals on Oral Health
While it is easy to say that getting vitamins and mineral from your diet will improve your oral health. People with a deficiency in zinc will have problems with bones and with the teeth. Getting zinc from pumpkin can make these parts of the body stronger and healthier.
The magnesium in pumpkin is essential to help strengthen the enamel of the teeth. This can help prevent tooth decay. Vitamin A helps promote healing and Vitamin C boosts the immune system, which is important to not only oral health, but overall health.
It is time for people to start looking at pumpkins as something that is not only for holidays. People that find ways to enjoy this food can also enjoy all the benefits that pumpkins provide for their oral health. It is something that is easy for people to do.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.