A new study indicates that low levels of vitamin C in the bloodstream may be an underlying cause of bleeding gums.
Researchers say brushing and flossing might not be enough to reverse this oral health issue.
When gums bleed, it is often a symptom of underlying oral health issues, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. Trusted Source, an inflammatory condition that affects gum tissue and teeth.
In the early stages of gingivitis, gums may swell and bleed. If left untreated, these symptoms can worsen, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth, resulting in tooth and bone loss.
Traditional treatments for bleeding gums include adding more brushing and flossing to the daily oral hygiene regimen and treating underlying conditions that may contribute to the development of gingivitis.
Disorders linked to an increased risk of gingivitis include diabetes and immune deficiencies. Lifestyle choices, such as smoking, may also play a role.
However, new research found that, although brushing and flossing are critical for overall oral health, lack of adequate vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, may be an underlying cause of bleeding gums. Researchers from the University of Washington, WA, recently published their results in the journal Nutrition Reviews.