Q) My dentist is treating me for gingivitis [inflammation of the gums]. Is there a supplement I can take to help?

A) Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease. If left untreated it can lead to receding gums and, possibly, loss of teeth. Symptoms include red and swollen gums, which bleed after flossing or brushing teeth. Ubiquinol, a form of antioxidant coenzyme Q10, has been shown to markedly improve gum health, used with routine therapies. Pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends a daily
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Preventing & Treating Gum Disease


You may be surprised to learn that gum disease is the most common disease affecting between 50% and 80% of all adults. What is even more startling is that this research points to the link that poor oral hygiene, leading to gum disease, may also contribute to other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.

There are more than 400 species of microorganisms, predominantly bacteria, which reside in the mouth. Most of these are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, however a small percentage of bacteria can cause significant damage leading to gum disease. Read More…

Gum problems? It’s time to brush up your skills


Q: I floss daily but have noticed an area where my gums bleed regularly. I have one crown and the bleeding is between that and the tooth next to it. Can you advise?

A: According to London-based orthodontist Dr Neil Counihan (, ‘The basic problem is that food gets trapped under the crown. If it is not removed, the particles break down and form bacterial plaque within days,’ he says. Without attention, this can harden and form tartar, which can only be removed by professional cleaning.

The process causes unhealthy inflammation in the gum tissue, called gingivitis, where the gums become red, swollen and may bleed easily. The telltale sign is spitting out blood with saliva when you brush/floss. The principal problem with crowns is that their shape is not the same as the original tooth. Older crowns tend not to sit as well long term as more modern versions. It could also be due to a poorly fitted crown, a frequent problem in Dr Counihan’s experience.
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