By Michael P. Bonner, DDS
There is no question, none at all, that most patients taking the Dental Health CoQ10 Complex, either by itself or in combination with the calcium magnesium supplement Cal-Mag, will notice a difference in their oral health, as well as their overall health and sense of well-being.
When it comes to optimal nutrition, it is clear that if any required nutrient is not available to individual cells when the cell needs it — in the amount and quality that it needs — that cell cannot function at optimally healthy levels. The body is made up of trillions of individual cells, all needing sufficient levels of nutrients to perform optimally. If any of the required nutrients are deficient, it stands to reason that over the long term health may suffer.
One theory of aging is that we simply “rust” ourselves into old age via oxidative stress. Inflammation can create tremendous levels of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when an oxygen molecule needs an additional electron to satisfy its atomic needs. And it will satisfy this need wherever it can. When antioxidant levels are too low or inadequate to quench the desire oxygen free radicals have to be atomically “happy,” the free radicals will attack virtually any living body tissue to satisfy this need.
The good news is Dental Health CoQ10 Complex has an ingredient that is 20 to 50 times more powerful as an antioxidant that Vitamins C or E: Grape Seed Extract. Grape Seed Extract (proanthocyanidins) absorbs the oxygen free radical punishment and perhaps slows aging and makes us healthier in the process.
There is more good news. Dental Health CoQ10 Complex has Vitamins B6 and B12, while one of the ingredients in Cal-Mag is Folic Acid. The combination of these two products creates a synergism that can reduce a factor that’s very dangerous to one’s health, into something that’s safe. Vitamins B6, B12 and Folic Acid convert a dangerous amino acid in blood plasma (homocysteine), into the harmless amino acid methionine.
Increased levels of plasma homocysteine — which may result from a deficiency of Folate and Vitamin B6 or B12 — have been reported to damage the inner lining of blood vessels, potentially triggering the formation of dangerous arterial plaques. Additionally, these vitamin deficiencies can be associated with a wide array of painful oral maladies, as well as other serious clinical manifestations, including problems with the central nervous system.
And there’s even more good news about CoQ10 as it relates to gum inflammation and people with periodontal disease. Answer the following questions. It may drive home the importance of suppressing oral inflammation and the value of a healthy mouth.
- Would you describe yourself as being tired most of the time?
- Do you have trouble going to sleep and getting a good night?s rest?
- Would you describe your mood as being mostly ?blue? or depressed?
- Do you have frequent sinus problems?
- Do you have allergies?
- Do you have asthma?
- Do you have joint pain?
- Do you have skin rashes?
All of these conditions can be related to gum inflammation. And all may be relieved by taking Dental Health CoQ10 Complex. You?ll see the above conditions every day in a practice that treats adults. And, of course, patients will appreciate relief from these health problems.
The health benefits of CoQ10 don?t stop there. This powerful antioxidant has been clinically proven to support heart health. Heart muscle cells need CoQ10 to produce energy and if CoQ10 levels are depleted, the heart simply cannot function optimally. Additionally, some prescription drugs that lower cholesterol (statins) also deplete CoQ10. So people taking CoQ10 will likely realize a noticeable increase in energy. (It takes time to build up depleted reserves, so give the product about six weeks and increase the dose if necessary).
Research over the past several years has shown that periodontal infections can elevate certain medical risks. These infections may elevate several dangerous factors that can be measured by a blood test. These factors and tests include:
- C-reactive protein (hsCRP is the test, and elevated CRP increases a person?s risk for heart attack and stroke). Gum disease and other oral infections can dramatically elevate CRP.
- Blood sugar (diabetes and all the serious health risks this disease entails).
- A1c or HbA1c is glycated hemoglobin, a known marker for increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Elevated blood sugars over time can increase A1c.
- Homocysteine (a suspected factor in initiating arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries-a disease, which is evident in over half the population by age 20).
Dental Health CoQ10 Complex is designed to reduce the risk factors listed above — and even more so when it’s used with Cal-Mag. (Based upon follow up blood tests in three months).*
Please note that certain cancers may elevate CRP via tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF a), and CRP will NOT be reduced by antioxidants when it is cancer causing the elevation. CRP reduction on follow up is expected if one has had therapy and is on a supplement program. If CRP is not reduced, it’s time to look elsewhere for the cause of CRP elevation. Referral to a patient’s physician is warranted.
Periodontal disease and systemic disease seem to be more and more evident. Can you imagine being a cardiologist conducting heart-health tests on a patient and learning their “diseased” gums are pumping microorganisms into the bloodstream? This could dysregulate some or all of the blood test factors mentioned above. It’s like having a toxic waste dump upstream and trying to drink the water downstream. It’s bound to make you sick. It doesn’t have to be this way.
The answer to better overall health for many may be as simple as making the gums a true barrier to microorganisms (completely healthy periodontal tissues and bone). Support the body nutritionally with scientifically proven, high quality supplements such as Dental Health CoQ10 Complex and Cal-Mag.
*Nutritional supplements are not drugs. Because they are not, it may take a longer period of time for health benefits to become apparent. For supplements to have a potentially beneficial effect, the right dosage must be taken for long enough to give it a chance to work. I want my patients on a supplement program at least six months to give it a chance to work. However for many, benefits can be noted within days. My advice is to keep a clean mouth (that must include irrigation, except for full denture wearers). Take the supplements above and pay attention ? you might just miss something and really appreciate its departure.