San Jose Dentist Lists the Reasons Why Your Teeth Love Pumpkins

One good thing about Halloween and Thanksgiving being less than a month apart is the disposal of all those pumpkins. Rather than throwing away carved out melons, or trying what else to do with them, the thanksgiving holiday grants you a reason to invent all sorts of ways to add pumpkin to the repast of the Thanksgiving feast. In case you’re a little weary of recycling fruits for adjacent holidays, San Jose dentist Dr. Randall LaFrom lists some reasons why your teeth will thank you for keeping the pumpkins around.

Pumpkins and Teeth

  • Did you know your scary jack-o’-lantern can help you relieve high blood pressure? Ironic, since jack-o’-lanterns are typically carved with the exact opposite purpose in mind, but the large melon contains abundant amounts of potassium. The mineral helps regulate your sodium intake and better regulate your blood pressure.
  • Zinc is another beneficial pumpkin ingredient. Zinc deficiency can lead to a plethora of health issues, not the least of which is a drastically reduced ability to fight infection and reduced wound-healing. When gum disease rears its ugly head, a proper amount of zinc can help repel the infection and heal bleeding gums faster. Zinc is also essential for proper growth and can help keep your bones and teeth strong.
  • Eating excessively not only risks your weight and health, it can also endanger your teeth and gums. Every morsel you eat exposes your teeth to something, and most foods contain sugar, carbs, or both (either of which feed bacteria to produce acid). Obesity has been proven as a contributing factor to gum disease and tooth decay, as well as more serious health issues like heart disease and diabetes. The solution? Chew on pumpkin seeds to reduce your appetite. Pumpkin seeds are also beneficial to your teeth, gums, nerves, hair, and nails.

Your Teeth Also Love Proper Care

Pumpkins hold many other benefits to your teeth and overall health, as well. However, it takes more than inventive pumpkin dishes to protect your oral health from potentially disastrous threats. For more information on keeping your mouth healthy, schedule a dental consultation with Dr. LaFrom at our Silicon Valley dentist office by calling (408) 996-8595. We proudly serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on November 20, 2012.

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