It is Dr. Christopher's formula...and yes, that man WAS "connected"!
Here's how it works:
Oak Bark - yes, it's a very strong astringent, so it does tighten the gums (in fact, Dr. Christopher had many patients reverse pyorrhea and periodontal disease simply by packing their gums with White Oak Bark powder. It's also antiseptic, so it helps relieve infection. White oak bark also contains ample amounts of calcium, manganese, potassium and magnesium. It also contains tannin and quercin. Quercin is similar in effect to salicin (pain reliever) and is used strengthen the capillaries and veins.
Cloves - besides tasting good and sweetening the breath, cloves have BOTH antiseptic and anaesthetic properties.
Peppermint - is also an antiseptic pain reliever; it stimulates circulation throughout the gums...as well as freshening the mouth and breath
Horsetail grass - contains plant-based silica (abrasive), and the body converts the silica to calcium VERY effectively...so yes, this aids in remineralization (it's the main ingredient in Dr. Christopher's Herbal Calcium formula). It is also an astringent/tightener.
Comfrey - is also laden with calcium (as well as containing potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, magnesium and 18 amino acids). It's biggest 'claim to fame'? Comfrey contains allantoin - a substance that causes cell regeneration. So not only does it assist greatly in healing wounds and restoring tissue, it also aids in remineralization and rebuilding/restoring gums.
Lobelia - here's where we get into herb lore that cannot be proven via "science". Lobelia is the "thinking herb" and Dr. Christopher added it to many of his formulas because he believed it assists the other herbs to know how to interact with each other and improve/complete the natural synergy between our body and the herbs. According to Mountain Rose: "...it is often used by herbal practitioners as a catalyst to prepare the body to accept another active ingredient".
Dr. Schulze also has a Tooth & Gum Formula, but his is liquid (made of tinctures & essential oils). One can put a 5-10 drops directly on a toothbrush, add it to water and 'swish', or put it in a Water Pik (but if used in a Water Pik, the Water Pik MUST be rinsed with plain water after use, or the Tea Tree Oil will degrade the gaskets).
Here's what he says about it on his website:
If used regularly this formula will heal and strengthen the teeth by tightening the gums, reducing any inflammation and stopping any bleeding. This formula is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and will destroy oral infections on contact.
Bayberry bark and Oak galls are two of the most powerful astringent herbs known. They contain tannins and the Galls of Oak may contain more tannic acid astringent than any other plant. Botanical astringents stop bleeding gums, reduce inflammation and bind and tighten tissue. That is why they have been used for centuries after a tooth was pulled to stop the bleeding and tighten up and close the hole. In many countries of the world, this treatment is still used in dentistry. In fact often a black tea bag is just bit on and held against the hole. Bayberry bark and Oak galls contain much more astringent power than just black tea. The Cayenne pepper in this formula also stops bleeding of the gums, but more importantly, it dramatically increases the gum and tooth blood circulation which encourages more rapid healing.
There is a tremendous amount of Cayenne extract in this formula but you will notice that it is not hot. That is because the Tea Tree oil somehow masks the hot flavor, but definitely not the action. Tea Tree oil is also a topical anti-fungal and anti-bacterial that has also been used in dentistry worldwide. In America, this wonderful healing oil was dropped for antibiotics. Considering that you are 4 times more likely to die from taking antibiotics because of anaphylactic shock than from an oral infection, and because the antiseptic power of Tea Tree oil is so well documented, to me this is a much safer route. Echinacea root is similar in action to Tea Tree oil as an oral antiseptic. >>>my add: and it has a powerful numbing effect!<<<
Clove oil has also been used since recorded medical history to relieve tooth and gum pain and that is the main reason I included it in this formulation.
Peppermint oil also stimulates oral circulation and covers up bad breath that is caused by tooth decay, oral infections and gum disease.
We have both of these formulas - I prefer the powder for it's "cleansing action" and the liquid for "anti infection", but I don't prefer the 'muddy toothbrush' thing with the powder :::grin::: (but it tastes much better to me)
As far as remineralizing teeth/cavities, one of THE most essential things is to DITCH TOOTHPASTE!!!! All toothpaste (natural, organic, or otherwise) contains glycerine. This creates a VERY thick coating on the teeth (it would take 10-15 salt water rinses to 'uncoat' the teeth). Supposedly, the glycerine is added to prevent bacteria from reaching the teeth...but what the glycerine actually does is make a thick coating that PREVENTS the minerals in the saliva from remineralizing our teeth.