HOW CoQ10 CAN HELP YOUR DENTAL WELLNESS AND OVERALL HEALTH STATUS

Many patients ask me which vitamins I recommend specifically for gum health. Over my ten years of experience in the dental world, I have heard one of my dentists recommend CoQ10 for gum health. I wasn’t sure of the benefits of CoQ10. So I dug into the research and found out more about this remarkable vitamin for the mouth.

WHAT IS COQ10 AND WHY IS IT BENEFICIAL

CoQ10 is an amazing vitamin. It is responsible for approximately 95% of our body’s energy. Its main function is to work as a powerful antioxidant, and aid in the cell’s energy. It can prevent the formation of free radicals, which negatively change the body’s cells. These traits have given CoQ10 the power to boost the immune system. It is important t boost the immune system when considering care for the gum tissues since inflammation is the cause of gingivitis. The immune system directly affects the inflammatory responses and therefore effects the gum tissues appears and reactions to bacteria. With sufficient amounts of coQ10, the immune system has more of the necessary building blocks it needs to perform well, especially in the presence of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Therefore, CoQ10 is essential for the health of virtually all tissues and organs within the human body. It can play a vital role in helping reduce gum bleeding and swelling.

CoQ10 also has benefits of increasing energy. It does this by boosting mitochondrial function within the cell. Many degenerative diseases like heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and even periodontal disease, have all been discovered to have the commonality of the cells involved have a decrease in mitochondrial function. This makes CoQ10 a choice vitamin for the prevention of disease and inflammation.

The ‘co’ in CoQ10 stands for coenzyme. Enzymes are important because they make biological processes happen. While a coenzyme is a separate molecule than an enzyme, it still plays an important role in helping assist enzymes to complete important biological functions. Coenzymes are smaller when compared to the enzyme itself, but no less important. Coenzymes are able to speed up reactions and ensure accurate data is passed from cell to cell. Coenzymes are truly essential to any biological system.  

HOW TO INCLUDE IT IN YOUR DIET

Coenzyme Q10 is found in real foods like fish oils, animal liver like chicken and beef liver, broccoli, spinach, even in some grains. The benefits of consuming these foods are you get CoQ10, as well as many other vitamins and minerals needed to boost the immune system and overall wellness.

HOW MUCH SUPPLEMENTATION IS NECESSARY?

Supplementation with CoQ10 can be helpful for any nutritional gaps that a persons’ diet may have, or any preexisting conditions or medications preventing the person from absorbing minerals. According to the United States National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, “A typical CoQ10 dosage is 30 to 90 mg per day, taken in divided doses, but the recommended amount can be as high as 200 mg per day. CoQ10 is fat-soluble, so it is better absorbed when taken with a meal that contains oil or fat.”

IMPORTANT TAKE AWAY ABOUT COQ10

From what else I’ve read on other websites, CoQ10 is very safe to take, with little to no side effects recorded. In order to get the body out of deficiency, it is wise to take what is considered a therapeutic dose, which tends to be higher than the daily recommended amount. A therapeutic dose of CoQ10 is 200mg-600mg.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON COQ10

The benefits of using coQ10 exceed the mere benefits of helping the gum tissues and is very safe to use. You should try it for yourself to see how it affects your mouth’s health. Remember to try it for approximately 3 months. Change takes time. Mouth health will not happen overnight, and overall health truly needs to be a consistent lifestyle change to see improves in the gums. This vitamin may be what many of my patients are looking for. This is why my dentists and I will continue to recommend coQ10 for our patients and the care for their periodontal tissues, their gums.

*always consult with your physician before beginning any supplement regimen*