CoQ-10 for short, is a tiny molecular catalyst in the middle of a series ofchemical events called the electron transport chain. These chemical reactions takeplace in the walls of tiny organs called the mitochondria which, among otherfunctions, convert water into oxygen. CoQ-10 is well known for its role inpreventing and treating heart disease, since it provides more oxygen to thetissues at a cellular level, thus reducing the requirements of the heart muscle topump oxygenated blood around the body. CoQ-10 is essential for treating gumdisease because it provides more oxygen to the rapidly turning-over cells of themucous membranes in the mouth. Oxygen is deadly to anaerobic bacteria, which arethe type most likely to damage the gums.Vitamin C is also critical to gum health, and my favorite "anti-oxidant" forseveral reasons. First, a word on why, after expounding on the virtues of moreoxygen, we now want to provide "anti" oxidant support? Anti-oxidants is a ratherunfortunate term and these important nutrients would be more acurately describedas "anti-free radicals." Free radicals are chemial species that possess loneelectrons, which is a very unstable chemical state. Lone electrons will doanything to be paired with another electron, including ripping an electron off apefectly stable structure, thus creating a domino effect of tissue destruction.This is what is known as "free-radical damage," and is probably the underlyingcause of aging. Vitamin C is a large, complex molecule that can "absorb" a free-radical and stop the chain of destruction. Vitamin C is inexpensive (manufacturersnever cheat in its production, unlike with Vitamin E), widely availabe in avariety of forms and generally well tolerated. Some people with very sensitivestomachs need to take a buffered form, rendered a neutral pH with the addition ofminerals such as calcium or magnesium.Another crucial nutrient for gum health is folic acid, or folate. The mucousmembrane of the gastro-intestinal tract, which starts in the mouth, has thehighest rate of cell turnover in the entire body. This is why many chemotherapydrugs, which are geared to "attack" cancer cells that are rapidly dividing, arefolic acid inhibitors. People taking chemotherapy drugs will often suffer terriblyfrom sores and blisters in their mouths, and all along the GI tract. Folic acid isessential for normal cell proliferation and the constantly renewing mucousmembrane over the gums would not stay healthy without this important B vitamin.Please give these methods a try, and hopefully surgery and/or antibiotics can beavoided. Now, truthfully, when was the last time you changed your toothbrush?sidebar of dosages for basic gum health nutrients:CoQ10, 100 mg daily to increase oxygenation of the blood, which ultimatelytranslates to more "fresh" blood in the mouth, which is highly vascularized.Vitamin C, 4-9 grams daily to promote collagen healing and retard plaque growth.Gums which bleed easily may be a sign of Vit C deficiency.Folic acid, 400 mcg daily to enhance cellular regeneration. Many chemotherapydrugs inhibit folic acid which is why cancer patients on chemo are often plaguedwith sores on the inside of their mouths.Calcium and Magnesium, 500-1,000 mg of each daily to help prevent bone loss.Vitamin A, 20,000 IUs or the safer, water soluble form of Vit A, Beta-carotene,10,000 IUs daily to heal mucous membranes in the mouth by providing anti-oxidantsand bioflavonoids.Vit E, another potent anti-oxidant, 400 IUs daily to promote skin integrity,including in the mouth. Vit E has a long standing and well-deserved reputation asthe "anti-aging" vitamin. Vit E oil can be applied directly to the inflammed gumfor rapid healing.Selenium, 200mcg daily, enhances the anti-oxidant effects of Vitamins E and C. Itis also a catalyst in nearly 75% of all enzymatic reactions in the body, whichmeans without it we would't run very well, just like a car without spark plugs.