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.


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Rose June 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Hello Troublebubble
I will send you the recipe. Your dentist probably didn’t make any other suggestions because brushing and flossing are the main keys to gum health. Unless you have full blown gingivitis or a serious infection, most dentists won’t suggest anything more. A wholistic dentist might talk to you about your diet (too much sugar?) or smoking (another cause of gingivitis) or recommend non-toxic toothpastes etc. But really top of the list to prevent gingivitis (which causes the inflammation) is brushing and flossing. Dr Reitz, DDS recommends 5 minutes of brushing and to use your finger if you have inflammation.
Hope this answers helps you. I will send you the mouthwash recipe on this page but you really don’t need it.

Bongsu Kang August 20, 2013 at 4:25 am

Dear Rose,
First, thanks for your great article. One of my front upper teeth got infected (actually gums around it), so I made toothpaste-like mix with baking soda, salt, and hydrogen peroxide for gum massage. When I applied it on the gum line and rubbed using my finger, I felt a little bit of burning sensation and some white spots appeared on my gums (disappeared couple hours later though). I am not sure what I did wrong. These are what I used to make the mix:
– 3-part of Arm&Hammer baking soda
– 1-part of sea salt
– 3% Walgreens hydrogen peroxide to wet the baking soda and salt mix

I would appreciate your advice. In addition, I’d like to try mouthwash solution in case my gums are too sensitive to the above toothpaste-like mix for gum massage. Could you email me your recipe? Thanks again.

Rose August 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Hello Bongsu Kang,
You may not have done anything wrong. Maybe you massaged too hard but both salt and hydrogen peroxide applied to an infected area in that way will sting a bit. Hydrogen peroxide could also be the cause of the white spots. I’m guessing that the hydrogen peroxide attached itself to bacteria and started bubbling away. If you’ve ever applied hydrogen peroxide to an open wound…like if you scrape your knee and apply hydrogen peroxide…it will form pools of bubbles and sometimes the bubbles are quite tiny and it can look like white spots. The question is did it help the infection?

I do encourage you to see a dentist to have the tooth check as the tooth itself may be bad and the infection could get worse if not properly treated. If it isn’t the tooth but just a case of gingivitis you may still need to see a dentist to get the tooth properly cleaned.

I sent you the recipe for the mouthwash.

Best wishes,

Honey rate March 7, 2014 at 12:27 am

My gums are really swollen and my dentist told me to watch it cause I have per-gingivitis. If possible can I have the receipe for mouth wash and or toothpaste. Thanks!

Rose April 3, 2014 at 3:22 am

Hello Honey Rate
I will send you the recipe for the mouthwash. You can find toothpaste recipes on this page.

Chaunta August 23, 2014 at 12:21 am

Rose could you please send me the recipe for the mouth wash. I have the early stages of gingivitis and would really appreciate it.

joe September 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Hi Rose,

I am very interested in trying your recipe, pls email.


Rose September 25, 2014 at 4:44 am

Hello Joe,
It is on its way to you.
Let me know how it works for you.

jaybee October 7, 2014 at 12:07 am

good day. can you send me the recipe for the mouthwash solution, i would love to try it to lessen my gingivitis or totally remove it.

Rose October 7, 2014 at 12:29 am

Hello Jaybee
The recipe is on its way to you. Please come back and tell me how it works for you. You might also read the article about honey. Manuka honey in particular applied directly to the gums as discussed in this research can be helpful.

Shelley Johnson October 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm


Great article. I was just diagnosed with gingivitis and I am working on quitting a 10 year smoking habit. Can you please send me the mouthwash recipe? I am also going to order the Oramd. Thanks!

Mel October 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Hi rose,
Please send me the recipe I am having trouble with my gums and have tried everything!!

Rose October 15, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Hi Mel
The recipe is on its way to you. Have you seen a dentist? Let me know if the recipe works for you.
Thank you

Rose October 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Hi Shelley
I sent the recipe to you. Come back and tell people here if it works and/or if OraMD works.

Here’s an interesting article to give you something to think about while you work on quitting your smoking habit: 5 Mind Blowing Facts about Smoking and here is the book that is mentioned in that article : 14 & Out: Stop Smoking Naturally in 14 Days.
Good luck!

sandee October 16, 2014 at 7:55 am

Hi Rose. My gums and teeth on the bottom teeth have been very sore, no bleeding. Was thinking of hydrogen peroxide, but i have amalgam fillings. What is your toothpaste /mouthwash recipe? My face is actually staring to swell by the jaw line!

Rose October 16, 2014 at 10:01 am

Hello Sandee
I sent you the recipe but you must exclude the hydrogen peroxide if you have amalgam fillings. I strongly encourage you to see a dentist. Your situation sounds extreme and can seriously affect your whole health.

Glyn October 25, 2014 at 1:13 am

Please send mouthwash/toothpaste recipe . I knew that there was a natural remedy using hydrogen peroxide but didn’t know other ingredients. Thank you

Rose October 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Hello Glyn
The recipe has been sent to you.
Let me know how it works for you.

Taryn November 17, 2014 at 1:31 am


Thank you very much for this article. I believe I have severe gingivitis, I have had a lot of bleeding from my gums anytime I brush/floss and also have noticed my lower gum is loose, but no loose teeth thankfully! I brush/floss twice a day and use listerine, but I would really like to try your recipe to see if it helps! I don’t have dental insurance, which is the only reason I haven’t gone to the dentist yet. However, I am getting dental insurance next month, so soon I will be able to get in. I would love to try the recipe while I am waiting. Also, I do have a filling, I don’t know if it has amalgram? It is silver and I remember when I got it, it was a more expensive one and I know there is silver in it. Thanks so much for the help! Also, where do I buy OraMD?

Rose November 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Rose,can you please send me the recipe to. I am having problems with my gums to. Thanks

Rose November 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm

I’ve sent you a copy of the recipe. Most “silver looking” fillings are amalgam. If you are not certain about what type of filling you have, you can use the recipe but exclude the use of the hydrogen peroxide.

But I strongly encourage you to see a Dentist. I promise, if you don’t get your gingivitis treated it will cost you more in the long run and besides that it can cause other health problems. Please, find a dentist that will let you make payments but get your gums treated. Your insurance is not likely to cover a pre-existing condition anyway.

About amalgam fillings, I just want to point out that there is a lot of controversy about whether or not amalgam fillings are toxic or not. So just enter “silver fillings” into google and you will find all sorts of articles…for an against amalgam fillings. You will have to make up your own mind. But my own experience is this: I had a mouthful of amalgam fillings. Eventually they began to get old and needed replacement. I had them all replaced with ceramic fillings and I am telling you…I didn’t realize how much of my tooth sensitivity was due to the amalgam fillings. I experienced a dramatic relief in sensitivity and other pain once the amalgam fillings were gone.

Just a note: I had this replacement of amalgam fillings done in an Asian country where many of the dentists are trained in London but the cost of dental treatment is a third of what it is in Western countries. I happened to be working there at the time.

Best wishes for speedy treatment.

Rose November 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Hello Norma
I’ve sent you a copy of the recipe. I always strongly encourage people who have gum problems to see a dentist. See my comments to Taryn.


abena December 5, 2014 at 7:40 am

Good Day,
I was just diagnosis with severe peridontis, and I have loose tooth in the front, can you send me the recipe to help save my teeth

Rose December 7, 2014 at 4:58 am

Hello Abena
I will send you the recipe but I think in your case you might have better luck with OraMD. Certainly the salt, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide solution will help infections and mild cases of gingivitis. I am not so sure about the sort of periodontitis you describe. OraMd is what I used to improve my periodontitis condition.

Also, you might read this thread about the effect of liposomal vitamin C on oral surgery and recovery. Not exactly your situation but Vitamin C is critical to gum health and recovery and this type of vitamin C is said to be much easier to absorb (95% absorption compared to 16% for traditional tablets). Just google liposomal vitamin C for more information. You can make your own.

leah January 21, 2015 at 10:47 pm

I have gum recession and I am worried that swishing with Hydrogen Peroxide may infect the gums and I don’t want to make it worse. Also need a recipe to help remove or whiten my teeth.

Julie January 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Hello Rose,

Enjoyed your article. I have the starting of gingivitis. I was told by my dentist. Gums bleed a little when I brush and floss. But, not all the time. What is your thoughts of using a Water Pic nightly or should I use it a couple of times a week? Also, I would appreciate your recipe to try. Thank you!

Michelle January 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Please email me the recipe to help my swollen gums until I save money to see a dentist.

Rose January 30, 2015 at 1:21 am

Hello Leah,
Why are you worried that hydrogen peroxide will cause an infection? Hydrogen peroxide does the opposite. It can eliminate infections. It is well regarded for gum infections. If you are worried about it, don’t use it. And do not use hydrogen peroxide if you have amalgam fillings (see references on this page). Hydrogen peroxide will certainly whiten your teeth but it can also damage the enamel so use it sparingly. There are many alternative whitening methods such as rubbing your teeth with the inside of a banana peel, brushing with a charcoal toothpaste or baking soda (it can be abrasive). Or try oil pulling with coconut oil. There are several other foods that will also whiten teeth (lemons, apple cider vinegar, strawberries, raspberries) but these may be too acidic. Anything too acidic can damage the enamel on your teeth. I will send you the recipe mentioned on this page.

Rose January 30, 2015 at 1:33 am

Hi Julie,
You mentioned your dentist diagnosed gingivitis. I assume he cleaned your teeth which should go a long way towards improving gingivitis. The important message is to brush at least twice a day (better to brush after every meal) and floss at least once. You can use a Water Pic nightly but a Water Pic is no replacement for flossing. It helps to clean hard to reach spaces but you should still floss too. I will send you the recipe.

Rose January 30, 2015 at 1:37 am

Okay Michelle…I will send you the recipe but get to a dentist as soon as you can. As my dentist says: prevention is cheaper than the cures.

Marjo February 18, 2015 at 11:05 am

Hi I would like to receive the recipe because I have a painful tooth with gingivitis. Thanks in advance!

Marjo February 19, 2015 at 2:32 am

Can you please send me the recipe because I have a gingivitis on two of my teeth. Thanks!

Rose February 22, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Hello Marjo
The recipe is on its way to you. Also, you might try what Dr Reitz, DDS recommends (see his article Defeat Gingivitis with Proper Care) but use a natural toothpaste if you can.
Best wishes

nhanz March 25, 2015 at 6:17 am

hi,can u send me the recipe of the mouthrinse?thanks

Toya March 25, 2015 at 8:38 am

I would like the mouthwash recipe and thanks for the tips

Ana a April 9, 2015 at 12:07 am

Hi. !!If it’s no bother I would love to get the recipe from you..It would help me alot..!I’m freaking out…

Steve April 9, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Hi Rose,
Got back from dentist today with the bad news I have 4mm and 5mm recession, and that they need to increase cleaning frequency to avoid bacteria issues.
So I went on the web and found you. Thanks for the info you are providing.

Would you mind sending me the recipe for the toothpaste?

Also, in the meantime, if I just used hydrogen peroxide alone, I don’t dilute it or anything ? Seems risky to put something I’ve always used topically in the mouth, but I’m a computer guy and no nothing about this stuff.

Rose April 12, 2015 at 12:43 am

Hello Nhanz,
The recipe is on its way to you.
If you think you have gingivitis, please see a dentist.

Rose April 12, 2015 at 12:44 am

Hello Toya,
Same message for you as for Nhanz, if you think you have gingivitis, please see a dentist.
The recipe is on its way to you.

Rose April 12, 2015 at 12:48 am

Hello Ana
The recipe is on its way to you. Please don’t freak out. If you have an infection or gingivitis, it is much better to get it treated early by a professional. The mouthwash recipe is a stop gap measure until you can get to a dentist.

Rose April 12, 2015 at 1:12 am

Hello Steve
Not a good idea to use hydrogen peroxide undiluted. That could potentially damage your teeth. The mouthwash is a short-term solution…an emergency measure…for an infection or a case of gingivitis until one can get to a dentist to have it properly treated. It is not a good idea of long term treatment of maintenance.

In your case, you’ve seen a dentist so I’m guessing you’ve had a good cleaning, you’ve been diagnosed with what sounds like Periodontitis (the result of chronic gingivitis) and now it is a question of maintenance and trying to improve the health of your gums.

In your situation, I cannot recommend more highly the daily use of OraMD in place of toothpaste. I was in your situation about 10 years ago. I had terrible gum recession and I had to get my teeth cleaned every three months and I was constantly suffering from “infections”. This went on for two or three years. When I discovered and started using OraMD that all changed. I’ve been using OraMD for 10 years. I have not had one infection and my gums are pink and healthy and I get my teeth cleaned about every 10 months. I do still have one or two deep pockets but this is where OraMD really works. The oil based OraMD does not readily or easily wash away the way other products do. The essential oils seep into the deep pockets and hang around to fight bacteria.

There is one more thing that will help to prevent the infections that occur in deep pockets and that is the use some sort of oral irrigation unit. Floss your teeth. Use the oral irrigation unit to clean out deep pockets. Then brush with OraMD.

If you cannot afford to purchase an oral irrigation unit, you can effectively use a syringe or a special oral syringe with tapered tips to irrigate between teeth and the sensitive oral pockets.

I will send you the mouthwash recipe but use it only if you get an infection. It really isn’t for daily use. Hydrogen peroxide tastes terrible for one thing.

Best wishes to you,

Nicole April 18, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Can you send the recipe to me as well :-)

Rose April 21, 2015 at 4:25 am

Hello Nicole,
The recipe is on its way to you.

Ken Oryniak May 18, 2015 at 7:20 am

Could you please send me the mouthwash recipe. Thank you.

Frank May 29, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Rose thank you so much for this article. Could you please send me the recipe?

Rose May 31, 2015 at 11:13 am

Hello Ken
The recipe is on its way to you.

Rose May 31, 2015 at 11:13 am

Hello Frank
The recipe is on its way to you.

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