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A Gum Disease Preventative?

A supplement available at health food stores may be the simple treatment needed to prevent gum disease. It's called coenzyme Q10 and it appears to do more than just help you keep your teeth healthy, reports Correspondent Dr. Michael Breen of CBS News station WBBM-TV in Chicago.

It isn't yet known exactly how coenzyme Q10 works, but studies show the nutrient makes gums pinker and healthier. Researchers theorize that the vitamin-like compound is an energy source for the cells of the mouth.

People with gum disease get excess bacteria in their circulation. In turn, the bacteria creates the blocks in vessels that cause heart attacks and other problems. In fact, those with gum disease are twice as likely to get heart disease, and pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to have a premature baby.

In early studies, researchers found that for those taking coenzyme Q10, gum disease and its complications could be avoided. They found the supplement effective in elimating bacteria that causes teeth loss.

Those taking the supplement still have to brush and floss. However, using coenzyme Q10 to prevent gum disease and its related problems may be a simple and safe solution for the one out of every four people who develop the disease.

Reported By Dr. Michael Breen

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