CoQ 10, gum disease and cardiovascular health

Yes, your dentist is right: brushing with a good toothpaste (such as one with baking soda), flossing, and regular checkups can keep your smile bright–and also, very importantly, can help prevent gum disease. But did you know that the supplement CoQ 10 has also been found effective in fighting gum disease?

First, a few words about gum disease: the most widespread form, afflicting up to 30% of adults, is gingivitis, an inflammation and bleeding around the teeth that accompanies plaque buildup. If left unchecked, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is characterized by more severe infection and abscesses around the teeth, and tooth loss.

As early as the 1970s it was recognized that CoQ10 could counteract gum disease, and quite quickly. Research found that CoQ10 doses of 50 mg – 75 mg a day halted deterioration of the gums and promoted healing, often within days of beginning therapy. In a carefully controlled trial, 50 mg per day of CoQ10 was notably more effective than placebo in reducing symptoms of gingivitis after three weeks of treatment (Wilkinson EG et al, 1976).

And there’s more: research from the just past few years has highlighted a surprising connection between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. One study found that 91% percent of patients with cardiovascular disease also suffered from moderate to severe gum disease (Geerts SO et al 2004). Researchers now believe that the inflammation associated with gum disease triggers the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals into the bloodstream, which provokes a systemic inflammatory response. It’s also very suggestive that many of the same factors that increase the risk for heart disease also increase the risk for periodontal disease, including C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen, and cholesterol (Wu T et al 2000).

So here’s your bonus: CoQ 10 has a good track record of helping fight gingivitis and preventing the progression of gum disease. But, by fighting off gum disease with this supplement and all the other means mentioned above, you may also be reducing your cardiovascular risk. Isn’t that something to smile about?

NYBC stocks CoQ10 in several formats. See the entry below, which also provides detailed recommendations for use of this supplement:

COQ 10