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If pumpkins were movie stars, the months of October and November would be their prime time! From jack-o-lanterns for Halloween to Pumpkin Spice Starbucks latte’s to pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is easy to factor in a little pumpkin goodness everyday. Guess what, it’s not just the holidays that bring so much fun to our lives – there are even better health benefits! Your First Point Dental Chicago dentist, Dr. Belke , wants to remind everyone of the dental benefits that eating pumpkin can bring.

Pumpkins: A Powerful Source of Zinc + Magnesium

  • Zinc your Teeth: Both pumpkins and their seeds are high in zinc. One of the health benefits that zinc provides is strong teeth. A lack of zinc in the diet can lead to a wide range of serious health issues, including poor oral and dental health.  Other problems associated with zinc deficiency include weakened bones, a loss of hair, and anemia. Consuming pumpkins and other sources of zinc will help teeth stay strong for many years to come.
  • Magnesium Benefits: Magnesium works with calcium to promote strong enamel growth in teeth. Magnesium is also a key element in bone production, the immune system, and even keeping the heart in rhythm. Only one ounce of pumpkin seeds provides over 1/3 the daily recommendation of magnesium.

Other Amazing Benefits of Pumpkin Throughout the Body

Pumpkins provide healthy benefits all over the body, even beyond the teeth and gums. Pumpkins are high in fiber, which helps promote weight loss. They are a rich source of beta carotene, which is an important part in the fighting of several types of cancers. Sufferers of arthritis and hypertension can also benefit from the delicious health benefits of pumpkins. Pumpkins are full of potassium, which can lower blood pressure, and also has arthritis-relieving anti-inflammatory. It is extraordinary that this one super-fruit can provide so many different health benefits to so many different parts of the body.

Fighting Tooth Decay has Rarely Been so Delicious!

If you are in need of any of our comprehensive family dental services in Chicago or any of our other locations, contact our First Point Dental office by calling 312-337- 0004. We are happy to serve patients in Loop, West Loop, River North areas of Chicago. Our patients come from the surrounding towns of Evanston, Lakeview, Edgewater, Wrigleyville areas. Like our Facebook fan page today and take advantage of our New Patient special for our Chicago location!

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