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What your Gums have to Say about your B12 Level

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

 

 

Are bleeding gums a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency? If your body isn’t getting enough vitamin B12, it will let you know in many ways. You might experience symptoms such as fatigue, nerve pain, and memory loss, in addition to change in the appearance of your hair, skin, nails, and gums. That’s your brain telling you to eat some more foods that have B12, such as lean meat, fish, eggs and cheese.

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You also need vitamin B12 in order to produce plenty of red blood cells. People who suffer vitamin B12 deficiency from pernicious anemia are at risk for depletion of red blood cells and severe nerve cell damage.

Getting Enough Vitamin B12? Three Reasons Why You Might Not Be

Swollen Gums

Bleeding and swollen gums can be a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency anemia. Some clear signs are painful, sore gums that bleed every time you brush or floss. Additionally, you might also have gingivitis, a gum disease. If soreness and redness persists, see a dentist, as well as your doctor for a vitamin B12 blood screening test.

Pale Gums

Aplastic anemia occurs when your body stops making enough red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, causing many different bodily functions to malfunction.

  • Low red blood cells mean that your body is not getting hemoglobin, which in turn can cause fatigue, dizziness, headaches and cold hands and feet. Checking your B12 level will determine if vitamin B12 deficiency is causing your anemic condition.
  • Low white blood cells signals a low immunity. White blood cells are needed to fight infections, so a deficiency of white blood cells could result in autoimmune disease, fever and frequent flu-like symptoms. (Also read AIDS with B12 Deficiency.)
  • Blood platelets are used to stop the bleeding when you get a cut. A low platelet count often causes multiple bruising, pale gums that bleed, nosebleeds and cuts that don’t heal.

Other symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency

In addition to regulating your red blood cell supply and brain functions, vitamin B12 is also essential for monitoring DNA synthesis, restricting homocysteine levels and protecting the nervous system. Deficiencies of vitamin B12 may cause:

  • Sleep problems
  • Weakness
  • Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
  • Altered taste perception
  • Visual disorders
  • Heart palpitations
  • Increased risk for stroke

For more info on preventing B12 deficiency, read:

Avoiding Vitamin B12 Deficiency while Breast Feeding

“I’ve heard of the X Factor and Fear Factor…But what’s Intrinsic Factor?”

Sources:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000569.htm

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/aplastic/aplastic_all.html

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/vitamin-b12-deficiency-anemia-topic-overview

http://www.livestrong.com/article/284511-the-symptoms-in-gums-for-a-vitamin-b12-deficiency/#ixzz1MVlMdIUX

Cantankerous Canker Sores: How to Get Rid of Them

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Canker sores, oral lesions, mouth ulcers, stomatitis aphthous- call ‘em what you want. I call them annoying. Having a canker sore on your tongue is like being poked in the face with a sharp stick every time you take a bite of food; after a short while it becomes excruciating and just plain intolerable.

What causes mouth ulcers? Many physicians believe that oral lesions are caused by b12 deficiency. A study conducted by Ben-Gurion University found that b12 vitamins are useful as a preventative measure against recurrent stomatitis aphthous.

Here are some popular home remedies for treatment of oral lesions:

  • In one particular study 82% of test subjects with painful oral lesions reported feeling much better after an application of German chamomile extract.
  • Rinsing the mouth periodically with warm saltwater or aloe juice.
  • Applying a paste composed of baking soda and a bit of water.
  • Sucking on a zinc tablet.
  • Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) is an herb which is available as a powder and is often used in mouthwash used to treat canker sores.
  • Additionally, rubbing an ice cube on the tongue or inside cheek can provide a fair amount of relief.
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