Brush your teeth and floss twice a day and the bleeding gums will go away… that’s what your dentist rightly tells you.
Brushing and flossing can prevent the onset of gingivitis, which can be stopped early on.
But a new study from the University of Washington suggests that people with bleeding gums should also check their diet for adequate vitamin C intake.
A diet low in vitamin C tends to be associated with people of lower socioeconomic status, as they may not be able to afford enough regular fresh fruits and vegetables.
It is also a problem with people whose health is compromised.
In 2016, a number of patients at a West Sydney diabetes clinic suffered from scurvy, a disease we tended to associate with lira on 18th century ships.
But this new research suggests that many people with comfortable means are prone to vitamin C deficiency because they follow fad low-carb diets, like the paleo diet.
They tend to avoid eating vitamin-rich oranges or kiwis due to their sugar content and consequently develop a deficiency.
But why bleed the gums?
The body needs vitamin C to make collagen, a protein essential for healthy bones, skin, tissues and blood vessels.
When the body cannot replace collagen, the tissue begins to break down.
You will suffer from joint pain and swelling, your wounds will not heal, you will bruise more easily and… and your gums will swell and tend to bleed.
“When you see your gums bleeding, the first thing you need to think about is not to brush my teeth more. You should try to figure out why your gums are bleeding. And vitamin C deficiency is one of the possible reasons, ”said lead author of the study, Dr. Philippe Hujoel, a practicing dentist and professor of oral health sciences at the UW School of Dentistry.
Dr. Hujoel’s study analyzed published studies from 15 clinical trials in six countries, involving 1,140 mostly healthy participants, and data from 8,210 U.S. residents interviewed as part of the Health and Nutrition Survey. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The results showed that bleeding gums on gentle probing, or a tendency for gum bleeding, as well as bleeding in the eye or retinal hemorrhage, was associated with low levels of vitamin C in the blood.
Dr. Hujoel suggests that if you can’t find foods rich in vitamin C that are palatable, take a supplement of around 100 to 200 milligrams per day.
We suggest that you talk to your doctor.