While pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin bread is lining the shelf, you may think these are healthy options for your smile. Stop! While pumpkin is very good for you, the extra sugar and other ingredients they put in those pies and drinks are not. The pumpkin spice latte has more sugar than a regular drink. The longer the sugar sits on your teeth the more at risk you are for not only other health problems, but it can also increase your risk of decay and cavities.
If you are going to consume pumpkin, eating it in the rawest form possible or adding other healthier ingredients to it can ensure you reap the benefits of a pumpkin without any of the other problems that may arise.
A healthy pumpkin smoothie can keep you going all day. Try adding a banana or nuts to blend in with coconut milk for a healthy option in the morning. Or make pumpkin muffins with coconut flour and sugar instead of granulated sugar and regular flour. You may even want to try a little pumpkin oil the next time you are cooking, as it has health benefits for the teeth as well.