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The Oral Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Posted By Ann Coupland, Delta Dental of Arizona, Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pumpkin is a quintessential symbol of the fall season. Chances are that your favorite fall dishes include pumpkin as an ingredient – or even feature it as the star of the plate. In addition to being delicious, pumpkin also provides a variety of oral health benefits that may help balance the sugary excess of Halloween candy.


Pumpkin contains vitamins and minerals that help keep your mouth in shape for fall dinners and desserts, including:

  • Iron: Found in pumpkin seeds, iron keeps your tongue and gums healthy1 and helps prevent anemia2, which can also effect the tissues in the mouth.
  • Magnesium: Magnesium works in tandem with calcium to help strengthen bones and teeth3.  Just 1 ounce of pumpkin seeds fulfills 35 percent of your daily magnesium needs4.
  • Vitamin A: This vitamin helps with maintaining gums5.  A single cup of pumpkin will satisfy over 200 percent of your daily requirement of Vitamin A6
  • Zinc: Zinc helps replenish the lining of the gums, especially in areas right next to teeth7.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C fights off infection and inflammation of your gums8.  You can find 20 percent of your daily vitamin C needs in 1 cup of pumpkin9.


It’s especially easy to get all of these essential vitamins and minerals into your diet during the autumn months. You’re no doubt familiar with classic pumpkin munchies like pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread and roasted pumpkin seeds. This season, try a few unusual, but scrumptious, ways to include pumpkin in your
fall recipes. We’ve got a variety of delicious, mouth-healthy recipes on the Delta Dental of Arizona Blog: http://deltadentalazblog.com/tag/healthy-recipes/.

 

Sources

1http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,HD17
2http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,Delta138
3http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,HD8
4http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/best-healthy-foods
5http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/3-surprising-ways-to-keep-your-teeth-healthy/
6http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/21/health/health-benefits-of-pumpkin/index.html
7http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,HD17
8http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/InfantToddler/Nutrition/22,21261
9http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/21/health/health-benefits-of-pumpkin/index.html

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