When it comes to looking after your oral health, you probably know the basics: brush your teeth daily (twice), floss, don’t smoke... But a lesser-known oral health recommendation is to take CoQ10, an antioxidant that is naturally made within your cells. In the article below, we explain why some dental practices are making this recommendation, what clinical trials say about CoQ10 and oral health, how MitoQ fits in – and what stem cells have to do with it all.
The importance of teeth and gum health
When it comes to overall health and wellbeing, it can be all too easy to leave oral health at the bottom of your list of priorities. But, as you’ll likely know, once you’ve got a toothache, it’s hard to ignore. It can affect your concentration, lead to more serious oral health problems and – honestly – it just doesn’t feel good!
Looking after your teeth and gums should be seen as a preventive way to look after your overall health. Experts recommend doing this in the following ways:
- Brush your teeth twice per day
- Floss once per day
- Don’t smoke!
- Follow a balanced diet
- Try CoQ10
What is CoQ10?
CoQ10 is a unique antioxidant that’s made within almost every cell in your body. It supports your body’s energy production and helps prevent cell stress, keeping your cells healthy. Having adequate levels of CoQ10 is one of the best things you can do to protect your cells. The problem is your body’s natural CoQ10 levels decline with age – and that’s where outside CoQ10 sources can be helpful.
Is CoQ10 good for gum health?
Numerous clinical trials have investigated the connection between CoQ10 and gum health – which has led many dental practitioners to recommend it to their patients. Research has found that oral CoQ10 supplementation does support gum health. Dentists believe it could be due to CoQ10’s ability to fight oxidative stress – a key cause of cell stress. Experts also propose that low CoQ10 levels could be a major contributor to oral health problems, so topping these levels up helps to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Is MitoQ good for your teeth and gums?
MitoQ is an altered molecular form of CoQ10 that’s more highly absorbed, and has been scientifically proven to fight cell stress. To date, MitoQ is one the most effective antioxidants you can use to neutralize free radicals due to its ability to enter cells in meaningful doses.
Because your teeth contain cells, MitoQ does hold potential in supporting oral health. However, to date, no clinical trials have explored MitoQ’s ability to support teeth and gum health specifically. So far, multiple clinical trials have found that MitoQ significantly fights oxidative stress – a subject that scientists have explored for decades due to its connection to oral health problems.
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