Autumn And All Things Pumpkin: Smile Win Or Smile Fail?

The second there’s even the hint that autumn is soon to arrive, you see pumpkin everything and you see it everywhere. You know that as a whole food, a pumpkin is packed full of good-for-you stuff and that it becomes part of many fall dishes. However, how does one determine the difference between things that taste like pumpkin, foods that include real pumpkin, and what’s actually safe for smile health (and what isn’t)? Fortunately, our Overland Park, KS team can offer quick, easy enlightenment in terms of making pumpkin a smile win (or fail) this season!

Pumpkin Flavoring

Pumpkin flavored coffee! It must be good for your smile health if it’s related to pumpkins in some way, right? Well, the answer is no. In most cases, when you see that something somewhat indulgent is flavored like pumpkin or pumpkin spice, remember that this generally includes a sugary syrup. It may also be artificial, which means there’s no pumpkin in sight! Of course, you are free to enjoy such a treat but remember to follow it with water (and then dental hygiene within about 30 minutes or so) to avoid tooth decay.

Pumpkin In Desserts

The “pumpkin” part is just fine for your smile health! However, it’s that dessert part that’s sort of cancelling out those benefits! Remember, if you’re eating a cake, cupcake, candy, or anything else full of carbs or sugar, it’s not going to be good for your oral health. You may be able to rinse with water and then brush later. You may be getting lots of nutrients! However, this can still turn into something of a smile fail because it’s such a promoter of oral health damage! Just be cautious.

Actual Pumpkin Or Pumpkin Seeds

Of course, what you really want is to enjoy this season and also protect your smile health! Can you do both? When we’re talking about pumpkins, the answer is yes. That is, when you’re actually eating real pumpkin. Stick to choosing to find a fun way to bake or cook up the pumpkin itself (ahem: pumpkin soup!) or roast the pumpkin seeds, which are packed with nutrients that are beneficial not only for your teeth but also for your overall health! Enjoy those vitamins and minerals, as you soak up that very cozy fall feeling!

Protect Your Smile For Fall

Remember not only to make wise choices for your smile in terms of your eating habits throughout autumn but also to set up dental care with our team for a cleaning, checkup, and advice! To learn more, schedule your consultation by calling Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.