At Impressions Dental, Drs. Matheson and Bateman provide patients with the latest and most advanced dental care possible. As a dentist in Boulder, our doctors want to ensure that patients can continue to enjoy a healthy, great-looking smile they can feel confident in showing.
For many patients, gum disease ranks as one of the biggest threats their oral health faces. Plaque deposits that buildup on the surface of your teeth and along the gum line contribute to the development of inflammation, which can cause gingivitis to develop.
An early stage of gum disease, gingivitis causes gum tissue to become swollen, tender to the touch, and to bleed easily, especially after brushing.
Typically, one of the main reasons patients seek out a dentist in Boulder to determine the health of their gums is when they notice blood along their gum line. While bleeding gums are one of the primary signs of gum disease, one does not always equal the other.
New research now suggests that bleeding gum could mean that you need to check how much vitamin C is in your diet.
Vitamin C Deficiency Linked to Gum Health
In a study recently published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, researchers from the University of Washington School of Dentistry examined the results of 15 different clinical trials that were conducted in six countries and involved over 1,100 participants. The researchers also examined data collected on over 8,000 U.S. residents who participated in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy and Nutrition Examination Survey.
After examining the data, researchers noted that bleeding of the gums after gentle touching and bleeding in the eye were linked with low vitamin C levels in the bloodstream.
Additionally, the researchers discovered that increasing daily intake of vitamin C in those study participants with low vitamin C plasma levels helped to prevent bleeding issues from developing.
Importantly, bleeding of the gums or in the eye could be a sign of trouble with an individual’s microvascular system, making it more likely for a bleed to develop in the heart, kidneys, or brain.
Bleeding in the brain can lead to a stroke while bleeding in the heart – a condition known as cardiac tamponade –places extreme pressure on the heart. Both conditions can be life threatening.
Increased Vitamin C Intake Can Improve Overall Health
While researchers were unable to find evidence that higher vitamin C intake could lower an individual’s risk for stroke or other serious health problems, their results do suggest that higher vitamin C intake can help to improve overall health.
Additional research has found evidence to suggest that a daily intake of vitamin C can:
- Help manage high blood pressure: Studies have shown that vitamin C may help to lower blood pressure and help those with hypertension better manage their condition.
- Lower your heart disease risk: An analysis of 9 studies found that individuals who took at least 700 mg of vitamin C a day had a 25 percent lower risk for heart disease.
- Treat gout: Vitamin C consumption has been shown to reduce uric acid in the blood, which can reduce gout attacks.
- Prevent iron deficiency: Consuming 100 mg of vitamin C day may improve iron absorption in the body.
- Boost immunity: Studies have shown that vitamin C can help to heal wounds and improve oral health.
Visit Your Dentist in Boulder for Bleeding Gums
If you enjoy quality oral health, yet still see blood along the gum line and in your toothpaste after brushing, you need to schedule an appointment to see our team at Impressions Dental.
Bleeding gums may indicate gum disease, but could also suggest a more serious underlying condition.
Don’t take chances with your oral and overall health. Contact our team at Impressions Dental today.