How was your Thanksgiving? What was the best part? The savory roasted turkey, the fluffy mashed potatoes, multi-layered and textured green bean casserole? How about dessert? It’s most likely that you had access to pumpkin pie. Pumpkin is actually healthy for your teeth, although unfortunately when you mix the fruit with eggs, cream, and sugar and pour the custard into a doughy crust, you won’t see many health benefits. If you want to spice up your life with more pumpkin during the holiday season, Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari suggests you consider some of these interesting facts.
What Do you Zinc?
It all starts with Halloween, carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. You may also notice that around fall, pumpkin spiced options become available in coffees and desserts of many types. With the sole exception of Antarctica, pumpkins are grown in every part of the world. Among the super healthy ingredients found in the fruit is zinc which boosts your immune system to help you avoid all of those pesky viruses throughout the colder months. Zinc also plays a role in keeping your teeth healthy and strong. To avoid the dental downfalls of sugar, try pumpkin in savory dishes like soups and pastas.
More Pumpkin Benefits
It may be hard to imagine that a rotund pumpkin could hold the key to weight loss, but all members of the squash family are high in fiber. Dietary fiber promotes feelings of fullness and bowel regularity. Both of these elements can contribute to controlling your weight. Pumpkins also contain potassium which can help to lower blood pressure and possibly reduce gum disease risk. Consuming pumpkin can provide anti-inflammatory properties to your body which can help with all conditions of inflammation, and periodontal infection would be no exception.
Comprehensive Dentistry from your Farmington Hills Dentist
Your Farmington Hills dentist provides a full range of dentistry services. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)566-6490. We are happy to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.