Bleeding Gums? You Might Be Lacking Vitamin C

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If you have bleeding gums, you may need to increase the amount of vitamin C in your diet, a new study suggests.

The American Dental Association says bleeding could be a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. These new findings from University of Washington (UW) researchers suggest you should also check your vitamin C intake.

“When you see your gums bleed, the first thing you should think about is not, I should brush more. You should try to figure out why your gums are bleeding. And vitamin C deficiency is one possible reason,” said study lead author Dr. Philippe Hujoel. He’s a dentist and professor of oral health sciences at the UW School of Dentistry, in Seattle.

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