Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that your body needs in order to work properly. Take a look at our guide to see what each vitamin and mineral does. Vitamin C is important for oral health as it helps build strong teeth and gums. The vitamin can’t be stored in your body, so it needs to be replenished daily. The NHS lists good sources of vitamin C as oranges and orange juice, red and green peppers, strawberries and blackcurrants. Broccoli, brussels sprouts and potatoes are also high in the vitamin. Bleeding gums can also be a sign of gum disease, which starts as gingivitis and can progress into a condition called periodontiti. It’s caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth, and a dentist can help. Healthy gums don’t bleed, so if it’s a persistent issue, speak to a dentist Scurvy, the most serious form of vitamin C deficiency, is rare, but occurs if you haven’t had enough of the vitamin in your diet for at least three months. Your gums will be swollen and bleeding and in extreme cases, teeth can fall out. The NHS lists other symptoms of scurvy as severe joint pain, skin that bruises easily, and red or blue spots on the skin. The condition is easily treated by adding vitamin C-rich foods to your diet or taking a supplement. Usually sufferers feel better within 48 hours of treatment and make a full recovery within two weeks.