Right now you can find pumpkin in just about everything! We've got lattes, pie, muffins, scones, bread, soup, and the list goes on and on. While not every pumpkin treat is healthy for us, real pumpkin is a very nutrient-dense food that's actually pretty good for your chompers.
Pumpkin contains many important vitamins and minerals like zinc, which helps heal wounds and repair damaged tissues. Other benefits of pumpkin include vitamin A, which helps with the flow of saliva, and vitamin C, which boosts the immune system to aid in fighting off infections. The magnesium you find in pumpkin works with calcium to build strong tooth enamel. Strong tooth enamel prevents cavities. Not only is the flesh of the pumpkin good for you, the seeds are packed with fiber, which helps scrub your teeth and also contributes to more saliva production.
Pumpkin seeds contain iron, which helps keep the tissues in your mouth healthy and prevents anemia. When you're done carving your pumpkins, you can roast them for a tasty and healthy snack.
Pumpkin Spice and Gum Disease
The spices used to create this popular flavor has great health benefits! First, cinnamon contains antioxidants to boost your immune system. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help calm irritation in your gums. Nutmeg has also been proven to help ease insomnia in small doses, and facilitates healthy digestion. Another spice prevalent in pumpkin flavour is clove. Cloves even have antimicrobial properties that could help prevent gum disease!
Keep in mind, certain treats like pumpkin spice lattes don't contain any real pumpkin and a huge amount of sugar. Go for choices like homemade pumpkin pie or try a pumpkin smoothie!
Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and see your dentist for routine check-ups and care. Have a happy fall!