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Can bleeding gums be a sign of a lack of vitamin K?

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If you notice a lot of bleeding from your gums, it may be because you don't get enough vitamin K.

This vitamin helps your blood clot properly. It's also good for your bones. If you don't get enough through your diet or your body doesn't absorb it well, it can cause bleeding problems.

From: Bleeding Gums and Your Health WebMD Medical Reference

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Samantha Markovitz, certified diabetes educator.

American Cancer Society: "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid (Myelogenous)."

American Dental Association: "Bleeding Gums," "Gum Disease."

American Diabetes Association: "Warning Signs."

American Society of Hematology: "Bleeding Disorders."

Cleveland Clinic: "Thrombocytopenia."

Merck Manual: "Vitamin C."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: "Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments."

Oral Health Foundation: "Gum Disease."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)," "Vitamin K."

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health: "Bleeding Gums," "Scurvy."

Vitamin D Council: "Periodontal Disease."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Samantha Markovitz, certified diabetes educator.

American Cancer Society: "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid (Myelogenous)."

American Dental Association: "Bleeding Gums," "Gum Disease."

American Diabetes Association: "Warning Signs."

American Society of Hematology: "Bleeding Disorders."

Cleveland Clinic: "Thrombocytopenia."

Merck Manual: "Vitamin C."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: "Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments."

Oral Health Foundation: "Gum Disease."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)," "Vitamin K."

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health: "Bleeding Gums," "Scurvy."

Vitamin D Council: "Periodontal Disease."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on December 11, 2018

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