My clients have shown me that teeth and gum problems are some of the easiest problems to remedy with simple applications of herbs.  Now, since some of these may be related to bone health, please also visit that section.


Teeth Issues

Plaque is a sign of poor digestion so for the long term it would be important to address digestive issues. (Usually there is insufficient HCl in the stomach due to stress or acid blockers).  Removing plaque is quite simple to do at home.  Just brush your teeth with Black Walnut (#90-8) powder.  Instructions are given below.  Your dentist will be amazed.  No really.

Tooth Pain is also nicely remedied by the White Oak Bark Tea Bag (Instructions are given below.)  It even helps pain that results from jacked braces or other trauma to the teeth.  Of course, any trauma should be addressed immediately with Distress Remedy  which everyone, especially every parent should have on hand.  Then apply the White Oak Bark Tea Bag over the gum area over night.  You will be amazed.

Tooth Infection or Abcess is relieved by the White Oak Bark Packet, but instead of White Oak Bark powder, empty 2 capsules of IN-X (#1220-1) and follow the same instructions given below.  The IN-X can be taken orally as well 5 – 2X/day to help the whole body resolve the infection.  An old time, miracle remedy for tooth abscess is to use some essential oils on a gauze pad and apply to the area.  (But I just put a drop on my finger and rub it into the area.)  The essential oils are Bergamot (#3900-5) and Lavender (#3907-8) 3 drops of each.  I think it is easier to add these to the IN-X or White Oak Bark tea bag by adding the essential oils to the wetted powder after it has cooled slightly and then applying the teabag to the site.

Often an abscess will form with poor lymphatic drainage of the head.  Palpate under the jaw and down the neck on the involved side to see if you can locate the stoppage.  I have had this situation resolve many times with the application of the PEMF device.

Repairing enamel.  There is some anecdotal evidence that the White Oak Bark re-calcifies the teeth and bones in the mouth.  My personal experience is that brushing with Devil’s Claw (#255-9) regularly repairs dental enamel (used like Black Walnut powder below).   However, the 1st thing to monitor is the saliva pH because it makes no sense to rebuild what you are continually tearing down.  The document on pH has more info on this.    You need to spit on a pH strip first thing in the morning.  The color of the strip SHOULD turn from yellow (pH of 5.0) to dark green (pH from 6.5 to 7.0).  If this is not happening, you need to do the Gentle Liver Cleanse for 2-3 months or until your pH gets at least above 6.0.

Whitening the teeth   Again there is anecdotal evidence that brushing with Parsley (#490-9) will whiten teeth.


Gum Issues

The gums are a nice indicator of heart health.  If they are grey/bluish, it means the heart is not getting enough oxygen (Cardio Assurance (#553-2) 2B, 2D ).  If they bleed easily, the vasculars may be weakened (Bilberry Concentrate  3B, 3D or Rosehips  3B, 3D). If they are bright red it means there is inflammation (check Adrenals) and do Rosehips  3B, 3D.

Receding Gums/Loose Teeth are also easy to remedy.  The underlying cause is that you are not sufficiently nourishing yourself so address digestion and blood supply as more serious problems develop without these.  In the mean time, do the Black Walnut brushing (Instructions are given below) for a week to thoroughly clean the teeth of plaque and reduce inflammation.  We want to replace the gums over clean plaque-free teeth.  This alone may help some people.  But serious cases need to do the White Oak Bark (#730-7) in a tea bag (Instructions are given below.)  It is also important to STOP using chemical mouth washes that damage the gums…like Listerine.


Brushing with Black Walnut Powder

Black Walnut powder is useful for removing plaque from the teeth and it is also an excellent astringent for loose gums. This procedure can give your teeth the nice clean feeling that you get from the dentist’s office after a cleaning.

Empty about 1/3 of a capsule into your palm. Wet the toothbrush; dip it in the powder and brush for about 30 seconds. You can swallow the herbal powder (it’s good for you – not so for toothpaste) or spit it out. After about 30 seconds of gentle brushing, rinse the teeth so as to remove as much of the black walnut powder as possible from the mouth and the rinse water is clear. Finish by using a very little smear of toothpaste to suds your teeth to remove any remaining black walnut powder. This can be done everyday for four days, then 2X/week for a month, then 1X/week or as needed to remove plaque and tighten the gums. The only caution is not to leave the black walnut powder on the teeth too long because it can stain teeth if it is left on for 15 minutes or longer.   Also, be cautious to use good black walnut powder.  This herb often goes on the shelves with high levels of E. Coli since it is often harvested from the ground.  Use NSP’s Black Walnut (#90-8) to avoid this.


White Oak Bark Packet

This old naturopathic tooth pain remedy has many applications.  White Oak Bark has

Empty capsule into tea bag cut in half.

natural compounds called tannins that tighten loose or swollen tissue.   There is also much anecdotal evidence that both teeth, and the jaw that holds them, can be re-calcified by White Oak Bark.  This is probably due to its high calcium, manganese and zinc content.

To try this for yourself, take the empty tea bag and cut it in half.  Empty 2 capsules of White Oak Bark (#730-7) into each half of the empty tea bag.  Dip the tea bags into boiled (NOT microwaved) water for a few minutes (as though

To break down bark, dip tea bag several times into boiled water until you observe tea escaping from the bag into the water.

beginning to make a tea) to wet and break down the bark powder.   (If you have serious gum deterioration you can add 1 drop of essential oil of Myrrh (#3939-3) onto the moistened powder after soaking.  The Myrrh retards the deterioration of tissue which is why it was used for embalming.  For infection/abscess, essential oils of Bergamot (#3900-5) and Lavender (#3907-8) 3 drops of each are added.  Fold all the flaps of the tea bag to one side and

Fold tea bag edges to one side opposite of the side that will be placed next to the gum.

then place the other side next to the gum (inside the cheek).  The two half bags can both be placed on the same side – upper and lower, or, both on either the top or bottom according to the location of the problem.  Tuck them in the pocket between the cheek and gum and then press them in place from the outside of the mouth.  They should stay put whilst sleeping.  Do this at night and leave the tea bags in overnight.  Notice the gum placement 1st thing in the morning.  Repeat this 2-3X/week or until

Place tea bag between inside cheek and gum and press into place.

the tooth pain is gone.  A great improvement is usually seen in one night with all kinds of tooth pain.

Dipping the herb in the hot water breaks down the cellulose which helps to release its ‘principle’ and make the herb more available, so allow at least 1 minute to soak in the hot water.

This astringing and pain relieving action of White Oak Bark can also be used for hemorrhoids.  Follow the same procedure with the tea bag but apply the tea bag to the hemorrhoids and leave on overnight.  Again, the simpler application is to just insert the whole capsule like a suppository and leave in all night (use a little olive oil if lubrication is necessary).  The gelatin capsule completely dissolves in contact with any moisture.  If this does not bring relief then do the tea bag instead of the capsule.




39 Responses to Teeth and Gum Issues

  1. Eileen Lee Mears says:

    I have been on your website frequently this past year and it is wonderful….it is so informative….i was calling earlier about an appointment for ADD as last time we dealt with my hair pulling and what you recommended stop me dead in my tracts so gentley….it was a such a relief not to have to contend with this anymore….However I also realize that when the body gets out of balance it comes back…so my husband and I both have changed our eating habits to more natural foods…lots of water and probiotics….(organic recipies and home made salad dressings from The Beauty Detox Solution which has alot of the same info on your website.) I will be going back on the Chinese Nervous Fatigue and try the other two recommended herbs for the ADD as well…Six months ago I got off my Add medication becasue it wasn’t helping two weeks out of the month when I have a hormonal flux…(ie changes in mood, thoughts, coordination, cravings, forgetfulness so I may need an appointment for that unless the three herbs for ADD help with that…..) .I am so grateful for your work and reasearch and will continue to follow the advice you have posted (Blood type eating and Insulin resistence recommendations…..Thank you again for making all this information so available….I still have my account with nature sunshine so when I order I hope you are still getting the financial gain when I order, if not let me know.

    • Kelly R says:

      Hi Eileen,
      I was surprised to see your comment about hair pulling as I have the same problem. I’m wondering what the recommendation is for that? Thank you in advance for any help! I thought I was finally done with it after doing it for about 3 years. The urge went away almost completely for about 5 months and then it came back with a vengeance.
      Thank you in advance!

  2. Lynne C says:

    Pat, I LOVE your new website. It is FANTASTIC and I know it took alot of work but boy it’s worth it to all of us.

  3. Hannah says:

    Has anyone tried the white oak bark to do with receeding gums and loose teeth? Has it helped and worked?

    • PatBlockND says:

      Yes and yes. It works quickly with receding gums but takes a while to address loose teeth. There are, however, underlying issues that should be addressed like circulation and inflammation issues. Rosehips helps both of those as do other nutrients.

  4. Anthony Pantaleone says:

    Hi Pat,

    I am in good health but have receding gums. I just ordered your recommendations (White Oak Bark and Myrrh oil). I also have cold hands and feet all year round. What else can I take to address the circulation issues? Thank you!

    • PatBlockND says:

      Hey Anthony,
      The White Oak Bark will give you amazing results, but you are right about your grouping of symptoms being related to circulation issues. Are you on a medication that impairs good circulation?
      I refer you to the circulation document for the reasons for poor circulation, and recommend you consider Bilberry 2B, 2D. Also follow your blood type diet as there are foods that thicken blood depending on your blood type. So I would avoid those.

  5. My dentist wants to pull my tooth because I have a large cavity, is there anything I can do or take to make the cavity go away? I have been taking herbs about a year and So much better, used to be extremely inflammed, no more! Also no energy, so much better! Love this site and appreciate all this information. Thank you.

    • PatBlockND says:

      Hey Carolyn,
      It is in your best interest to do all you can and see what ‘something natural‘ can do for you before you undergo medical intervention. Ask about the long term implications of this procedure. Begin brushing with Black Walnut and then do the White Oak Bark tea bag in the area of the tooth. Many people have avoided losing teeth and having root canals but you won’t know until you give serious attention to doing this.

      • Thank you So much! I have been using the white oak bark in a tea bag, but didn t realize was supposed to put it in boiling water, just spit on it , but guess what? The pain I Was having is gone. I do not want it pulled, don t care what long term etc is, want to keep all my teeth. Will start with Black Walnut asap. I just wasn t sure if it was possible to heal the decay. Thank you for all of your great information.. Been taking herbs for almost a year now, am So much better. My goal is to get off all meds, only 3 to go, one being insulin. Thsnks again. C

  6. Katherine says:

    Hi Pat – I am trying desperately to avoid a root canal or extraction. I have pain as well as bone loss in the jaw area of the problem tooth. Can the IN-X packets be done in conjunction with white oak packets, and would this be done on different days? Thank you – your website is incredible.

    • PatBlockND says:

      Yes, Katherine, you can do the IN-X with the White Oak Bark, at the same time or on different days. You should also take the IN-X orally because this situation usually results from lowered circulation to the area or lymphatic drainage from the area of the jaw. Confirm by palpating the neck area on the involved side and comparing tenderness or lumps with the opposite side.
      Sometimes because of compromised fluid flow through the area the PEMF is very helpful to facilitate drainage and circulation. You can call around to see who might have one – often chiropractors do.

  7. Marilena says:

    Hey there Pat! Wow I stumbled on this website by fluke and boy, am I glad I did. I do have a question though, I was wondering what I could possibly do for red, somewhat swollen gums? Ive tried tea teee oil but that did absolutely nothing. I know that there is laser treatment out there but I much rather use natural remedies. Any suggestions? I would really appreciate a reply. Thank you!

    • PatBlockND says:

      The condition you are reporting can be a harbinger of more serious unseen heart tissue issues. But first, the reason Tea Tree didn’t work is because EOs find their greatest application in cold conditions, i.e. if your gums were pale and greyish, then use it. They are hot and swollen so the white oak bark tea bag will help topically but this needs to be addressed from the inside, too.
      SO more importantly I’d be looking at anti-oxidants esp for the heart and vascular system. To this end consider using Grapine HP 2B, 2D and Varigone 2B, 2D to begin.

  8. Jenifer Richart says:

    Hi Pat, I contacted you a couple weeks back regarding receding gums. I’m currently following your recommendation of INX and IX. I’ve also been brushing 2x/day with black walnut powder for 8 days, and just started the white oak bark tea bags on the gums. My question is how long I can continue the black walnut? Based on what I’m reading, you suggest 2X/for 4 days and then 2X/wk. I’m not getting any relief from the pain and the appearance of the gum line isn’t improving. Can you guide me on the safety of the black walnut and counsel me on realistic expectations for improvement? You have an AWESOME website and I’ve been learning a ton! Thank you for your work in this area!!


    • PatBlockND says:

      Hey Jenifer,
      It is helpful to know that natural things work gradually, usually. 2 weeks is not a long time in herbal program terms. I’d give the white oak bark some time to work, and remember that the gums are indicators of a weakened digestion. Improving the digestion improves the gums; but improving the gums does not improve digestion. The I-X, with time will help digestion as it is a liver formula. IN-X tells of a lymphatic stagnation issue especially if there is pain. Again, these take time. If you tend to be prone to lymph issues you may want to find a chiro with a PEMF type device or purchase an inexpensive one yourself.

      • Jenifer Richart says:

        Hi Pat, thank you for your response. I’m wondering if I’m doing too much in my teeth/gum regime? Here’s my regimen: I “blot or tap” 2x/day, am/pm. I brush with black walnut am/pm with a very light flossing prior. I rinse and brush with Auramere herbal toothpaste to remove any residual of the walnut. I then put sea salt and sometimes Vit C ascorbic acid in my waterpik. At night I put the oak bark packs on my gums. My gums seem to be getting worse; I’m trying not to get upset and understand that this’ll take time. I’m afraid to look at them in the mirror, as the coloring is pale and the gums are exposing the edges of some crown work on my 2 front teeth. It’s too upsetting to take stock, but based on how they feel, it seems progress isn’t coming.

        Also, I’m taking INX and IX as instructed and rebounding 9 min/day for liver/lymph support. I’m checking in with my chiro on the PEMF therapy as you suggested.

        Should I tackle the digestion thru either 9 days of broth to “reset” my gut, or the HCI therapy or the gentle liver cleanse or is this just too much already for my body?

        • PatBlockND says:

          Hi Jenifer,
          Maybe too much attention. Things that I would change are: floss every other day, not 2X/day; use only a very light smear of your toothpaste and there is no need to brush vigorously; use only a soft bristle brush; stop the sea salt and vitamin C in the water pik (these are irritants), and use silver sol instead – after you flush all the salt out of the unit. Take the vitamin C internally.
          Are you dipping the white oak bark tea bags into boiling water and allowing to cool before applying to the gum?
          I will look into adjusting your program.

          • Jenifer Richart says:

            Pat, to answer a couple questions…I’m barely brushing teeth/gums w/an ultrasoft toothbrush. I’m letting the oak bark teabags soak for 1 min but not letting them cool, so I’ll make that change right away. I will take in all your other suggestions as well. Should I use NSP’s Vit C Ascorbates or another NSP Vit C option?

            Do you approve of the blotting or tapping teeth at gum line at 45 degree angle? (Cure Tooth Decay, author Nagel)


  9. Jan says:

    Hi Pat,
    I have 2 cavities that have purplish coloring around them.
    Dentists said something is going under the cavity causing the purple to be around tooth and cavity. Any ideas?

    • PatBlockND says:

      Hey Jan,
      The blue/purple coloring means lowered circulation. This color is an indicator to us that trying to remedy the situation with anything that requires good circulation (like herbs) may not be effective. So non-herbal interventions like the PEMF are helpful here as is your energy work. Another intervention that I would consider is essential oils applied topically as they are stimulating to local circulation.

  10. Christy Walker says:

    Hi Pat,
    It’s been awhile since I’ve been in but have a question for you. I have a tooth that has started to hurt and when I checked it, it looked a bit grey around the edge. Reading online seems to indicate it’s dying which means a dentist will want to do a root canal or extraction. I want to avoid both. Will these protocols on this page help in your opinion? Should I try all that is listed or is there something else that might help. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience.

    • PatBlockND says:

      Hey Christy,
      The discoloration isusually due to lowered circulation so taking herbs won’t be as effective as something that can better penetrate the tissue, like a PEMF (see above post). Jan used it and in short order the discoloration and pain was gone.

  11. Gay says:

    I am allergic to nuts esp black walnuts. Is there anything else that would be good to brush the teeth with? Thanks I am currently using the whit oak bark but I did not know about the tea bag or boiling water. I was getting blisters from just the herb in my cheek. Thanks

    • PatBlockND says:

      Hello Gay,
      It isn’t clear from your post what problem you are trying to address. Plaque? Receding gums? Gum inflammation? Abscess? Cavities?
      Were the blisters caused by the white oak bark or the black walnut?
      And remember, issues with teeth and gums originate in the digestion which should be addressed with the highest priority.

  12. Gay says:

    I apologize for not being clear. I have receding gums and my bottom front teeth are very loose. They were bonded together but the bond broke after many years. Now they are loose. I was using White Oak Bark powder in between the lip and gums at night and it made blisters on my inner lip. When I read about putting it in the tea bag, I started doing that and it quit blistering my lip. I have quit using store bought toothpaste for several months and use pure soap. I was wondering if there was anything like the Black Walnut hulls I could brush with to help with plaque? I am allergic to nuts. Thank you

    • PatBlockND says:

      Hey Gay,
      It is also important to put the White Oak Bark teabag in hot water to break it down as I described in this post. Then consider taking PLS II internally 3B, 3D which is a good tissue rebuilder.
      The white oak bark is a nice tooth cleaner and polisher. After using it I would rinse out very well.
      Finally, I have found Silver Shield to be very helpful for inflammation anywhere in the body. Consider swishing and keeping it in mouth after brushing.

  13. Jordan D. says:

    Pat – I have had a cavity in one of my molars (lower left side) for over two years. I have receding gums and the cavity appears to be below the normal gumline. Also, surrounding the cavity and towards the root there is brown discoloration. At first I thought it might have been from drinking too much black tea, but the two adjacent teeth also appear to have the brown color towards the root. I also discontinued black tea (now primarily green). I am reluctant to go to a dentist and saw that you wrote about using Devil’s Claw. I have started brushing with Devil’s Claw. I understand it may take awhile to see results. Questions: What is the protocol for brushing with Devil’s Claw? Also, why do you suspect that it works? Just curious. Thanks.

  14. Jordan D. says:

    Pat – For further clarification, I suspect that the discoloration in my teeth is from poor circulation, so I have also been taking Bilberry and Perfect Eyes (which I believe benefits small capillaries). I tested my PH and it is within the normal range.

    • PatBlockND says:

      I agree with poor circulation contributing to the discoloration and the herbs you are taking should help with that issue systemically – even the gums. I brush with White Oak Bark and have seen improvement with enamel integrity. You are right. It takes time. The White Oak Bark teabag will make an improvement in the gums too.

      • Jordan D. says:

        Pat – Thanks for your response. Is there any chance that using the White Oak Bark in a teabag could prematurely heal my receding gums over the cavity, prior to the cavity being healed? I don’t want to inadvertantly create a problem by covering the cavity. Thanks. Jordan

        • PatBlockND says:

          Hey Jordan,
          One can only conjecture that the intelligent body would heal the tooth along with the gums. I would brush the teeth with the white oak bark prior to applying the teabag so that any food residue is removed.

  15. Jordan D. says:

    Pat – I purchased a PEMF device. Question – Do I just hold it against my jaw (below the discolored teeth) for about 20 minutes, or do I do something else? Thanks.

    • PatBlockND says:

      Hey Jordan,
      In addition to the area of the jaw where vessels are feeding the teeth, another beneficial site to apply the PEMF is under the jaw line near the tonsils pointing up towards the mouth.

      • Jordan D. says:

        I have a couple of titanium plates around my right eye (the bad teeth are on the left side). The instructional videos for the PEMF indicate that use of the PEMF near titanium implants may be uncomfortable. Pointing the PEMF upwards may be possible without affecting the titanium may be possible, but I am not sure. Any thoughts? (Also, do you have a recommendation for a water distiller to use to make ionic colloidal silver – I want to avoid BPA’s in store bought distilled water.) Thanks.

        • PatBlockND says:

          I understand the company’s caution re titanium plates. However, regarding other magnetic devices and titanium plates, wiki states “Because titanium is non-ferromagnetic, patients with titanium implants can be safely examined with magnetic resonance imaging.” The PEMF is magnetic. If you experience discomfort, cease and desist. ;o)
          PS I can’t advise you on water issues.

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