Severe gingivitis associated with ascorbic acid-deficiency in a pediatric patient. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Severe Gingivitis Associated with Ascorbic Acid-Deficiency in a Pediatric Patient.
J Dent Child (Chic). 2019 May 15 ;86(2):125-128. PMID: 31395119
Allison J Brand
Plaque-induced gingivitis, a common condition in children, responds well to proper oral hygiene practices. Persistent severe gingivitis, on the other hand, should prompt investigation of etiological factors. Nutritional elements are implicated in periodontal health. This case report describes a pediatric patient with severe persistent gingivitis caused by vitamin C deficiency. The events that led to a diagnosis of scurvy and a resolution of the systemic and localized manifestations of the disease, after vitamin C administration, are presented. It is recommended that vitamin C deficiency be considered in cases of refractory gingivitis, especially in pediatric patients with special health care needs who have aversion to foods rich in ascorbic acid.