Pep Up And Go


Q: My doctor has recommended the supplement ubiquinol, but I am not sure why. Could you explain?

A: This is one of my must-take supplements. Ubiquinol is the antioxidant version of a nutrient called Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 for short), which is vital for energising every cell in your body, for muscle function and to fight off damaging free radicals. As we get older, our levels of CoQ10 diminish and it becomes harder for our bodies to access ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – the ‘fuel’ in mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells. Taking ubiquinol provides CoQ10 in the active state that your body can use immediately.

For me, it is like turning on a light switch: I feel much more energetic in the mornings, and when I get tired, it’s normal fatigue, rather than the ‘running on empty’ exhaustion I used to experience. Read More…

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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