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.