Have you been seeing a great many pumpkins popping up in patches, at grocery stores, or throughout your neighborhood? A symbol of both Halloween and Thanksgiving, pumpkins are great for decoration, and delicious when you mix their flesh with eggs, cream, and sugar. Obviously, sweet pumpkin treats won’t tout many health benefits, dental or otherwise,. However, pumpkin can potentially benefit your health in and of itself. Your Temecula dentists at the Oasis Family Dental will quiz you on why you might want to consider adding a little more pumpkin into your regular diet.


Q1. True or false – Pumpkins will only grow warm climates.

Q2. True or false – Pumpkins contain zinc, which benefits your teeth.

Q3. True or false – Pumpkins can be helpful for losing weight.

Q4. True or false – Pumpkins have been shown to lower blood sugar.

Q5. True or false – Rubbing raw pumpkin on your gums can cure mild gingivitis.


A1. FALSE – Other than Antarctica, pumpkins are actually grown in every part of the world.

A2. TRUE – Pumpkins contain zinc, which boosts your immune system. Not only is this good for all aspects of your physical health, but it can help with keeping your smile healthy and strong.

A3. TRUE – Hard to imagine that a chunky pumpkin might actually help you stay slim. Luckily for gourd indulgers, members of the squash family are all high in fiber. Fiber promotes feelings of fullness and bowel regularity, which are beneficial when attempting to control your weight.

A4. FALSE – Pumpkins do contain potassium, however, which can help to lower blood pressure.

A5. FALSE – Direct contact with pumpkin flesh has not been proven to calm down inflamed gums. These anti-inflammatory properties can help treat gum disease, but there is no definitive cure for periodontal infections.

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Your dentists in Temecula provide comprehensive dental care for our patients of all ages. If anyone in your family is in need of a checkup or cleaning, contact our 92591 dental office by calling (951) 695-2290 to schedule an appointment today. We welcome patients from Temecula and all surrounding communities.