Will Salt, Baking Soda or Hydrogen Peroxide Fix Gingivitis?

by Rose on July 15, 2014

I know that many people come to this website looking for answers to these questions:

  • Will a salt rinse cure gingivitis?
  • What about brushing my teeth with baking soda?
  • Can I rinse my mouth with Hydrogen Peroxide?
  • And what about vinegar?

I answer these questions in this article.

There are many many many reports on the internet suggesting that you can use one or a combination of these elements to treat gingivitis and other mouth ailments.

Some reports suggest that you can use salt daily as a toothpaste. The same suggestions are made about baking soda. Others suggest a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mix.

On the other hand some experts say that using salt or baking soda daily to brush your teeth is a bad idea because you risk accidentally swallowing too much salt. Too much salt can harden the arteries and cause heart disease. Okay but can it be as bad or more risky than swallowing your toxic toothpaste who’s label reads: Do Not Swallow?

Why and How is Salt or Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Good for the Mouth?

The modern use of these elements for oral hygiene is known as the Keyes Technique and it was developed in the late 70’s and early 80’s by Dr Paul H Keyes.

According to Dr Keyes all of the mechanical methods of oral hygiene (brushing, picking, flossing, rinsing, irrigation) go some way to eliminating the causes of plaque (and plaque causes gingivitis). But these methods alone are inadequate. In addition to a mechanical cleaning action, an antibacterial agent is required.

Your mouth is contaminated with bacteria. You can’t avoid this so you have to deal with it. If you don’t adequately decontaminate gingivitis will occur.

All of these Natural Ingredients Are Antibacterial

According to Dr Keyes all of the following ingredients will kill on contact what he calls motile microorganisms.1

  • salt (sodium chloride)
  • baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • glycerin2
  • vinegar
  • cranberry juice (unsweetened)

In addition to killing bacteria, baking soda neutralizes the acids that enable plaque to develop.

Salt is not as strong a bacterial agent as baking soda and it requires a high concentration. But salt reduces inflammation and stimulates the gum.

Another ingredient that Dr Keyes favors is hydrogen peroxide because its foaming action helps to remove the bacteria from teeth and gingivital crevices.

You should not use hydrogen peroxide if you have amalgam fillings. Hydrogen peroxide causes the mercury in amalgam fillings to leach out. This article explains the problem in more depth and includes references. And this article explains why you should get rid of any amalgam fillings that you do have!

Vinegar? Cranberry Juice? Neutrogena Soap!!? Clorox!!!??

In addition to killing bacteria vinegar and cranberry juice will help dissolve tartar (harden plaque). But cranberry juice is very acidic and should not be used every day and he recommends rinsing after using it.

Two other ingredients that Dr Keyes recommends is Neutrogena soap and a weak solution of Clorox. But there is no way I would put these two toxic elements in my mouth. Toothpaste with six toxic ingredients is bad enough.

So when you find homemade toothpaste recipes that include salt, baking soda, glycerin,3 and hydrogen peroxide you’ll know that these ideas and recommendations originated from an expert and highly trained dental professional and his conclusions are backed by his research. On the other hand some experts dispute the efficacy of the Keyes Technique.

OraMD tastes better than hydrogen peroxide and it works!

And Now for My Sister’s Experience

When my sister recently told me that she had to have a major tooth pulled and that now she had an infection and lots of pain and the dentist wouldn’t give her an antibiotic, I suggested a recipe from page 325 of the book Alternative Cures: More than 1,000 of the Most Effective Natural Home Remedies where you will find instructions for making a concentrated solution to be used in an oral irrigator to treat gingivitis. 4

My sister doesn’t have an irrigator but she made the concentrated solution as described in that book and and she also later added to the solution a few drops of the OraMD that I sent to her.

Three things happened. The pain and infection went away without the need for antibiotics.

But more than that, her gums stopped hurting. She didn’t tell me about the problem she had with her gums. But apparently she had gingivitis. She tells me her gums feel great and they look pink and healthy.

And the third thing that happened is that her teeth became very white…probably from the hydrogen peroxide.

She rinsed her mouth every day, twice a day with the concentrated solution until the major infection was gone. Now she uses the mixture occasionally to keep her teeth bright. But she uses OraMD all the time.

So if you have any doubts about whether or not you can cure gingivitis, I hope my Sister’s story encourages you to take action. It is possible to save your teeth.

Take action. Try OraMd it is simpler than the Keyes method. You can carry it in your pocket or purse. It is no more expensive than toxic toothpaste and it just works. It’s a gingivitis killer.

  1. Motile means mobile so a motile microorganism is one that moves about.
  2. Evidence is emerging that glycerin prevents the natural re-enameling of teeth and should not be used as an ingredient in toothpaste.
  3. I would use only vegetable based glycerin.
  4. I would publish the recipe here but I am afraid I will infringe copyright.


{ 129 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin June 21, 2015 at 7:33 pm

Can you please send me your mouthwash recipe? ????

Robin June 21, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Can you please send me your mouthwash recipe? ????

Lexi July 1, 2015 at 4:47 pm

Hello! Would it be possible to get the recipe?

Thanks :)

Paul July 29, 2015 at 3:38 am

Please send your mouthwash recipe. Thank you

carmen August 4, 2015 at 9:07 am

Hello Rose, thank you for all the good information, please send me the recipe.

Rose August 6, 2015 at 3:34 am

The recipe is on the way to your inbox. I hope that you’ve had a chance to see a dentist.

I apologize for my delayed reply. I took a break.

Rose August 6, 2015 at 3:45 am

Hello Rebecca,
I’ve sent the recipe to you. As always, I encourage people who know they have gum disease to see a dentist for treatment. Often all you need is a good deep clean. I hope the recipe helps.

Rose August 6, 2015 at 3:46 am

Hello Robin,
The recipe is on its way to you! Let me know if helps.

Rose August 6, 2015 at 3:49 am

Hello Rebecca, Robin and Andra
The recipe is on its way to you.

Rose August 6, 2015 at 3:51 am

I sent you the recipe today.
Apologies for my late reply.
I took a long break.

Rose August 6, 2015 at 3:55 am

Hello Paul and Carmen,
I’ve sent you both the recipe.
Please come back and tell us if you used it and if helps.

frank August 7, 2015 at 6:46 pm

I would most appreciate the mouthwash recipe as well! Your site is very informative and it is so caring of you to share.

Rose August 9, 2015 at 4:50 am

Hello Frank,
The recipe is in the mail.
I hope it is useful.

dalia August 9, 2015 at 10:40 am

Rose can you please send me your mouthwash recipe. Thank you.

Rose August 9, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Hello Dalia,
What a lovely name.
I sent the recipe to you.
Let me know if it helps you.

king August 18, 2015 at 11:12 am

Please rose, can u send me your mouthwash recipe?

Rachel August 18, 2015 at 7:36 pm

Hi. My gum is bleeding profusely and further aggravated from administered DTAP, MMR and Varicella vaccines which decreased my immune system. I’ve tried hydrogen peroxide, tea, baking soda and salt. Can I get the recipe as well coz I don’t have insurance and can’t afford to go to a dentist. Thanks

stacey August 19, 2015 at 6:08 am

Please send me your mouthwash recipe. thank you

Maris August 29, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Hello good day!
Please forward me a copy of the recipe. I really need it. Thank you so much.

Rose August 30, 2015 at 11:49 pm

Hello King
You should find the recipe in your inbox.

Rose August 30, 2015 at 11:52 pm

Dearest Rachel,
I sent you the recipe to but please please please do whatever it takes to see a dentist. If your gums are bleeding profusely, your teeth are seriously at risk not to mention other health issues. When your gums are bleeding, bacteria can get introduced to your blood stream and if your immunity is compromised, your body could be even more vulnerable to infection. Please see a dentist.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Rose August 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm

Eighty percent (80%) of populations in the western worlds suffer from gingivitis. This is primarily due to poor oral hygiene. While brushing daily (at least twice a day) is essential to healthy teeth and gums, flossing is equally important and yet very few people floss. Do you floss?
The recipe is on its way to you. Please let me know why you wanted it and if it helps your situation, whatever it is.
Thank you.

Rose August 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm

I see you’ve requested this recipe four times. I apologize for the delay. You must have a serious problem to be so anxious for it. I hope you will take my advice and see a dentist too!

The recipe should be in your inbox by now.
Best wishes to you.

Zita August 31, 2015 at 9:08 pm

I would like the receipe for the mouth rinse

Rose August 31, 2015 at 9:32 pm

Hello Zita
The recipe is on its way to you.

treasa September 1, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Can I get recipe please

Adelina September 1, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Hello Rose,

I came across this article today, and I want to say thank you for sharing this information with us. That was exactly what I was looking for. I noticed the bleeding from my gums 2-3 weeks ago, accompanied by bad smell. The bleeding is not very profuse, but the smell bothers me a lot. I brush my teeth twice [sometimes thrice] per day, and I regularly floss. However, a month ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and I had to start a thyroid hormone therapy. I don’t know whether that has any relation to my gum problems or it’s only a coincidence.
I would really appreciate it if you could send me the mouthwash recipe.

Thank you in advance

Rose September 1, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Hello Treasa
You should find the recipe in your inbox.

Rose September 1, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Hello Adelina
The recipe is on its way to you. Gingivitis is typically caused by a build up of plaque along the gum line which hardens and becomes tartar. Once the tartar builds up, it begins to irritate the gums eventually causing bleeding. The bad smell is probably from the bleeding. Other health conditions can cause gingivitis but in the majority of cases it is the simple presence of tartar. I am very familiar with Hashimoto’s disease. I do not believe Hashimoto’s itself would cause your gum problem. Untreated, Hashimoto’s could lead to other conditions which then lead to inflammation which could lead to gingivitis. It is more likely that your gingivitis problem would be cleared up with a visit to a dentist for a good clean.

The recipe I’ve sent to you can help prevent further infection but may not necessarily get rid of any built up tartar.
Best wishes to you.

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