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Can bleeding gums be a sign of too little vitamin C?

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This vitamin helps your tissue grow and repair. It heals wounds and strengthens your bones and teeth.

If your body doesn't have enough vitamin C, you may feel weak and irritable. Over time, you can also get swollen and bleeding gums.

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

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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