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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53 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!

    • nathan mayo dds October 16, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

      To all of you who read this……..I too, take Ubiquinol daily and maybe it does does something for gums and maybe it doesn’t. Don’t take a chance…………brush with a soft brush thoroughly everyday and floss every day. If you don’t, you are just kidding yourself. There is no magic to good personal dental care. Find a good dentist who you trust and do what they say in the oral hygiene department. Don’t try to weasel out of it when they tell you to floss. After 46 years of being a dentist, I am 69 yrs old with no cavities in all that time and my gums are pink and hard as rock.

      • Ben November 21, 2016 at 11:18 am #

        I can tell you for a fact ubiquinol is amazing for energy, inflammation and best of all so far gingivitis. I have/had gingivitis ie bleeding pain etc and when I use ubiquinol for an extended period of time it all goes away. And when I stop it comes back. I brush my teeth with sonicare toothbrushes 2 times a day and use mouth wash, I rarely floss however which I know I should. Receding gums are a thing of the past with ubiquinol and that is the craziest part of ubiquinol for me. Watching my gums regrow over and over again it is so amazing. When I get lazy and stop taking ubiquinol the gyms start to recede again and then when I take it again you can see my guns growing it is unbelievable…

        • Sophie June 12, 2017 at 6:51 am #

          I’m not sure if you’ll ever come back to see this but can you tell me what brand of it you take ? And do you think it matters if it’s ubiquinone or ubiquionol? And what about if it’s applied topically to gums?

        • oren Jeansonne July 14, 2017 at 11:14 am #

          Are you being completely honest with your statement about your gum health related to taking Ubiquinol ?. It sounds like a sales pitch, !. But I honestly hope your telling the truth cause I’ve started it to test the proof.

        • Tania Wilson September 24, 2017 at 7:09 am #

          How much ubiquinol should I take. My gums aren’t bleeding but recession continues despite flossing/tooth pick/ sonicare brushing.

        • Chris Raybouold November 14, 2017 at 1:27 am #

          As a Naturopath i am reading your testimony with interest…. the effects seem to be most dramatic with the gums. i have know and used on my patients co enzyme O 10 for cardiovascular effect for years. Please inform me of the source, brand and contact details of the Co Enzyme Q 10 that you use as they are definitely NOT the same. cheers

      • Omar February 7, 2018 at 9:57 am #

        Thanks to your god(Allah)

  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?

      • nathan mayo dds October 16, 2016 at 11:57 am #

        I am a dentist. NEVER rinse with vitamin C ! It is ascorbic acid and will cause intense sensitivity to sweets and cold as it strips the enamel and dentin off your teeth. That can never be replaced. C works its magic by helping the body form collagen, the dense fibrous stuff that holds us together. You take it INTERNALLY by mouth………….never swish and rinse with the stuff. Nathan Mayo DDS

        • D. Berriz February 24, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

          If you’re a dentist you should know that Vitamin C Calcium Ascorbate isnt acidic and will not cause any sensitivity or strip the enamel off your teeth. You can brush your teeth with it.

          • Craig August 21, 2018 at 9:49 pm #

            Vitamin C is ascorbic ACID. It is NOT calcium ascorbate. Do not rinse with it.

    • lily August 9, 2016 at 7:26 am #

      its simply because the dentists and some doctors never wanted us cure. who will be their patient though if we dont comeback to them. soon im gonna publish my book regarding the root cause of periodontal. hahahaha, medicine and its branches are the most expensive course. no tooth problem and gum problem no patient and they will lose earning. warning! we the one who knows best for us. thanks to timothy berners lee for making the web, or else we die ignorant of these natural knowledge. medical practitioner though not all are making some temporary relief and making business instead of finding the cause.

    • oren Jeansonne July 14, 2017 at 11:18 am #

      Sylvia, research ” anti-aging company – organic healthy teeth & gum mouthwash “..Also Oral essentials natural mouthwashes. I use all of them, great natural mouthwashes.

  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.

    • Paul September 22, 2017 at 8:38 am #

      Hi Donna, did you gums grow back?

  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.

      • Linda Henry June 24, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

        Does it also work when applied to the gums? (I take NSAIDS and am cautious when taking anything else that can thin the blood.)

        • Office June 28, 2016 at 11:55 am #

          Yes. But do talk with your physician about it first – or before starting any supplements, actually. There are some health situations in which CoQ10 isn’t recommended.

  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.)

  10. roger June 24, 2016 at 8:18 am #

    I started taking coQ10 (gummies 200mg – very tasty and coats the gum when you eat it) and vitamin C 2 days ago. My dentist wants to charge me 1800.00 to deep clean my teeth below the gum line. I will try this along with rinsing my mouth out with salt water and hydrogen peroxide twice a day. I heard the salt will draw any infection out and hydrogen peroxide helps kill any infections. Doing these 4 things should end (what my dentist over exaggerates) my periodontal disease. I plan on using the treatment plan for 3 months, go do a different dentist and have them check my gums. Another thing I did, last night, with a lot of pressure starting at the root of each tooth, using my finger I pushed and slid my finger from the bottom of the tooth towards the top of my each tooth on the outside of the gum. This squeezed all the infection and blood pockets out instantly. Then I immediately rinsed with hydrogen peroxide. This simple step worked instantly, and today when I went to brush my teeth there was not bleeding. Try this first it will speed up the healing time immensely.

  11. Jeanette Mascitelli July 24, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    mY DOCTOR recommended me to start taking COQ10 about a year ago. I am assuming it was for the heart. I really didn’t ask him, but I have been taking the COQ10 faithfully 200mg at a meal.
    My periodontist whom i see every three months — was very pleased at my last visit. My gums have improved immensely and I am sure the COQ10 has something to do with this. I have had bleeding gums for a very long time. This was the first visit I had and it made me feel very happy. She told me to keep up the good work!

    • Teresa August 23, 2016 at 7:41 am #

      I started taking CoQ10 a few weeks ago and see my dentist also every 3 months for cleaning for gum disease – hopefully there will be improvement when I go next month! :o) Thank you for sharing.

  12. Margaret Jones August 9, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    This is very encouraging news. Can anyone please tell me how much vitamin C to take? I see the 200 mgs of CoQ10, but didn’t notice how much vitamin C. Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Margi October 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

      Take 1000 mg at least per day. Best to get liposomal Vitamin C by Doctor mercola at vitamin shoppe or online. It is better absorbed. You can take more if using this kind. Some take 10,000 mg or more when fighting cancer.

  13. Teresa August 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    I found out I had pyorrhea gum disease 2 years ago, had the deep clean done and have been getting teeth cleaned every 3 months since but I’m told I need this very expensive gum surgery (cutting, stitches, bone graphs) for my entire mouth due to the severity of the gum disease and bone loss or I will eventually lose my teeth. My gums have never bled but the recession continues to get worse. I read everything I can get my hands on – so I took lots of Vitamin 0 pills over the lsat year and I couldn’t tell a difference and now have started taking C0Q10 a couple weeks ago – I hope to see improvement. :o)

    • DV September 23, 2016 at 10:50 am #

      Have you seen improvement?

    • Heidi April 13, 2017 at 10:24 am #

      I have the same problem.
      How long have you been taking the COQ10. And has it worked. Text 214-629-7499
      As well please

  14. Lisa November 5, 2016 at 5:49 am #

    I am 55 years old and started taking 100mg twice a day of Coq10 about 6 weeks ago for my gums and the improvement has been remarkable. My dental hygienist had recommended I go to a periodontist; after a year of every 3 month cleanings there was no improvement. I also take 1000mg of Vit C two times a day, oregano oil once a day. The hygienist is in for a big surprise and I won’t have to see the periodontist. As an added bonus, I feel like I have more energy and stamina while exercising.

  15. Pam November 8, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    I took coq10 in the past and recently started again. I have very sensitive teeth and receding gums. Everything you read generally says good oral hygiene is the answer, which is so disheartening. I am an avid believe in oral cleanliness and care. at 200mg of coq10 my gums are bleeding. I think I feel better overall and am taking 100 mg in the morning. At 200 mg per day it doesn’t matter if I take 100 in the morning and 100 at night or 200 in the morning, my gums are bleeding like mad. Cutting back to 100 is working, but I am definitely not taking it for the gum benefits.

    • Lion GIrrl November 13, 2017 at 11:23 pm #

      Just in case people check back here –
      severely bleeding gums are most likely a sign of *scurvy* – for which the answer is high dose vitamin C (at least until your systems have returned to health), something like in the range of 1000-3000 mg/day is good (if you live in the tropics and eat a high fruit diet this is not an abnormal amount, but if you get loose bowels cut back until they are not).
      Results have also been seen with CoQ10 and gum disease, so definitely try it, but it will not cure a different kind of deficiency. Also, scurvy is more common that you think so don’t rule it out!

  16. Scott Wong November 26, 2016 at 12:55 am #

    So wi
    Will taking CoQ10 and vitamin C really can stopped chronic gum disease? My case is severe bone loss and asked to extract 4 lower tooths with 1 wobbly splinted temporary

    • Office November 29, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

      Research suggests that it can help, yes. We encourage you to talk with your dentist or periodontist about how it may help in your particular case.

  17. Ashlie January 11, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

    Hi. I am 29 years old. I have gum disease and what dosage can I take for vitamin c pills or coq 10 pills?

    • Office January 12, 2017 at 11:34 am #

      You’ll need to ask your personal physician, dentist, or other health care provider about this. We can’t offer personal health advice in this forum.

  18. adam jones March 11, 2017 at 10:36 pm #

    What is the difference between the quinone and quinol variants of the compound?

    • Office March 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

      Hi Adam,
      Thanks for your question. Because it’s a technical one, and I am an offsite web manager, I have contacted the office for their reply. You can always call the office directly and speak with someone who can take your information and get back to you.

  19. bert March 25, 2017 at 9:28 pm #

    search dr brand nyc holistic dentist awesome website tons of useful info for gum disease and jaw bone loss. This is the answer to your questions.

  20. Pascual June 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    I am 52 yrs old and I was a smoker with severe bone loss due and also the cause of my tooth loss

    I’m taking now 1 gr of C vitamin liposomal

    My gums have improved immensely, I hope everything is resolved soon
    I’m afraid of the dentist

  21. Antonio Rincon July 9, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

    I took coq10 and I have perfect gums now thanks…

  22. Manio November 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

    I’ve been taking CoQ10 as an alternative to my blood pressure med, Carvedil
    ol 3 mg., since i had a stint put in 6 yrs. ago, I’m 69.
    That prescribed med caused loss of blood flow from the bottom of my feet (numbness) to the top of my head (confusion & Fatigue), and everything in-between.
    I’ve been taking the CoQ10 200 mg. for the past 6 weeks, and my gums have improved, no lose teeth and maybe because better blood flow?
    My primary and cardiologist had done test and blood work for over a year as to my symptoms and could not figure it out. Thanks to Coq10 at least I can feel it when I take wiz, and feel the floor under my feet. CARVEDILOL not good, Pass it on.

  23. rose December 7, 2017 at 11:03 pm #

    Anyone who has reported benefits with coq10 or vitamin c: can you tell us which brand of Coq10 & vitamin C you took…. THANKS~

  24. Sandy December 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

    I have had numerous gingival gum grafts within the past 7 years. I’m always researching for ways to improve my gums. The periodontist says I have very thin gums (genetics). I agree, however, felt there must be something out there I can use to strengthen what I have. I feel I could be deficient in something??? I’m presently trying coq10, Vit. C and caltrate. Also, using special toothpaste from the UK. I haven’t told my dentist or periodontist. Plan to tell them pending the results of my next cleanings. Time will tell.

    • Laura June 26, 2018 at 10:18 pm #

      So how’d it go?

  25. Al August 19, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

    Also in addition to coq10, try using folate. Folate deficiency is one cause of gum disease that dental either don’t tell, or they don’t know. 400mg of folate will improve your gums and provide other benefits as well. Vitamin B9…


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