Amazing CoQ10: Repair and Heal Periodontal Disease

Biological Dentistry evaluates patients in terms of the “tooth-body connection.” Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) reveals one of these connections.

CoQ10 functions as an excellent antioxidant to prevent free radical damage to your cells. It’s a vital component in the synthesis of cellular energy production. Therefore, CoQ10 is essential for the health of virtually all human tissue and organs.

If you know about CoQ10, you are among the well informed minority. Most people in this country have not heard of CoQ10 largely because of the slow acceptance of nutritional benefits by the traditional western medical establishment.

Many significant CoQ10 studies trace back to the late 1960s. CoQ10 has been shown to be effective for combating the degeneration of aging, allergies, asthma, candidiasis, cardiovascular disease, deafness, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, impaired immunity, multiple sclerosis, obesity, respiratory disease and, yes, even periodontal disease.

Periodontitis (deterioration of the gum and bone around the teeth) affects about 60% of young adults and 90% of individuals over the age of 65. Although proper oral hygiene is helpful, many people still suffer from compromised gingival (gum) irritations and chronic infections that may require surgical procedures and eventually result in the loss of teeth.

The body’s ability to heal and repair periodontal tissue depends in part on an adequate supply of CoQ10. Gingival biopsies have revealed subnormal tissue levels of CoQ10 in 60% – 96% of patients with periodontal disease. These findings suggest that periodontal disease is frequently associated with CoQ10 deficiency.

If you’re experiencing persistent gum problems, i.e. bleeding and inflammation or even halitosis (bad breath), do your own experiment. Begin taking CoQ10 for at least three months. Remember, nothing changes overnight. You be the judge. Do your gums look and feel better? Has your general health improved? If the answer is yes, you might want to consider adding this supplement to your daily regimen.

A good measure of the health of your gums can be obtained from a complete periodontal charting as performed by your dentist. Regrettably, I’ve found that approximately 75% – 80% of the adult population has never had this recorded. In our office, this is checked every two years.

We also use our phase contrast microscope to identify specific bacteria which exists in the oral cavity. This is bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease. The impact on our patients of seeing their own bacteria, if any, in a live, moving image seen through the microscope is a strong motivator for thorough brushing and flossing. The periodontal charting and the microscope images provide valuable insights to understand your biological “tooth-body connection.”

CoQ10 is found naturally in many foods, such as spinach, broccoli, sardine and mackerel. After the age of 35, our natural ability to synthesize CoQ10 from foods slows down. As a result, a gradual deficiency of CoQ10 develops over time. Compounding this action, poor eating habits, stress, and infection all negatively impact the body’s ability to provide adequate amounts of CoQ10.

It’s probably a wise decision to consider taking CoQ10 supplements after age 40 for its health benefits for the whole body. CoQ10 has an excellent safety record without any side effects. Daily dosages can vary but usually 60 – 100mg/day is suggested for general maintenance and 200 – 600mg/day is better for therapeutic purposes.

Clinical improvements take time. However, the paybacks from this remarkable substance can be amazing.

About Dr. Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN

Dr. Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN is one of the few Biological (Holistic) Dentists in St. Louis, MO and the U.S. that are Certified Clinical Nutritionists (CCN). He practices Biological Dentistry that includes mercury free, tooth colored fillings; healthy dental materials; balancing body chemistry; and nutritional therapy. For articles and information about Biological Dentistry (also referred to as Holistic Dentistry) and patient success stories visit or call his office 314-997-2550. Attend a free monthly presentation and discussion by Dr. Rehme on Biological Dentistry the third Tuesday each month at 6:30 pm and his dentistry office in St. Louis. Please call to verify the date.

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12 Responses to Amazing CoQ10: Repair and Heal Periodontal Disease

  1. Jess Williamson March 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    I had suffered with bleeding gums since I was a teenager. I am now in my fifties. After reading about CoQ10 and gum health I started taking it with my husband who has been taking it for 10 years after a heart attack, (with no new heart problems). After approximately 2 months of 100 mg twice a day I couldn’t believe the difference! No bleeding gums when I brush and no pockets! It works!

  2. Walter chow December 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Hi jess thanks for the info on coq10 and it works. I will continue to use coq10 at 200mg and let’s heal my gums.

    Walter chow

  3. Mika December 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Unfortunately, I am apart of the 60% of americans with periodontal disease. That’s the bad news. However, the good news is I’ve been taking Coq10, plus high dosage of Vitamin C, plus Oregano Oil, and my red swollen gum over the affected area shows some improvement. I don’t know how much longer this process will take, but I’m happy so far wit the results.

  4. Brian January 12, 2015 at 2:12 am #

    When you are middle aged, take ubiquinol as our body doesn’t reduce the oxidized form. I’m in my mid 20s and I’ve been taking CoQ10 and it’s easier to max my heart rate when exercising. My max HR was 170 and couldn’t even keep it there for long. As for gums, I haven’t noticed any improvements. Flossing is still sore where I missed.

  5. Sylvia August 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    I am 30 yrs old and with severe bone loss due to my receding gums and also the cause of my tooth loss. I started Vitamin C 4 days ago and the improvement is marvelous! I can see my gums color rapidly improving. From red swollen gums to a pink color. Over the past 3 years I struggle with severe gum disease and got cleanings every two to three
    months. I also had my two lower teeth extracted a month ago. I am using temporary teeth until my gum heal. Hopefully on the 15th of August my dentist will be able to replace with my permanent bridge. I will also ask him how come he never suggested Vitamin C instead of paying all that money for antiobitic mouth wash.

    • Marilyn January 18, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

      Thank you for posting this. Are you using the vitamin C as a rinse or taking it internally?

  6. Donna Allgaier-Lamberti January 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    I discovered the benefits of CQ 10 on my bleeding gums about 18-20 years ago. My acupuncturist recommend it to me due to my families high rate of heart disease. I also accidently discovered that it stopped my gum bleeding issues. My gums were severe enough that I had had receding gums, several scrapings and a an area of tissue that needed to be transplanted. At her recommendation, I take Solgar, ever morning (Solgar is a very high quality brand with little or no fillers) and have been very satisfied and happy with that. I did note that at first began this mineral I could get by with 60 mg per day. 60 mg.worked for a while but then I needed to increase that amount to 120 mg a day in order for the bleeding to stay away. My gum disease has never returned and my gums have stabilized.

  7. Mark Obermayr January 26, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

    Great to hear these success stories.
    I am 46 and have never had a cavity, but have always had bleeding gums.
    Every time they bleed.
    I just got a bottle of 600 mg, but I got that co210 for other reasons.
    This coenzyme is looking better and more compelling.
    I am looking forward to seeing what might happen.

  8. Andre April 1, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    Does taking CoQ10 in pill form help oral care or does it need to be applied directly to the gums with a rub or mouthwash ect. to see results for oral care?

    • Office April 1, 2016 at 11:13 am #

      Taking supplements (vs. applying CoQ10 topically) is fine.

  9. farheen May 9, 2016 at 12:30 am #

    I m in my mid 30s can I use coenzyme Q10 supplements for receding Gums? n which supplement is best to use ?

    • Office May 11, 2016 at 10:58 am #

      Since there are some health situations in which CoQ10 isn’t recommended, you should check with your physician first. (That’s something you should do before starting any supplements, actually.)

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