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.


{ 194 comments… read them below or add one }

Rose September 24, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Hello Tim,
The recipe has been sent to you.

Rose September 24, 2015 at 9:39 pm

Hello JJ
The recipe really is for emergency use.
I hope you don’t use it every day.

Sylvia September 24, 2015 at 10:25 pm

May I please get the recipe as well?
Thank you.

Stronga October 3, 2015 at 11:48 am

Hello can I get the recipe please

patti October 4, 2015 at 8:50 am

hi – could you please send me the recipe? thank you!

AJ October 6, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Hi! Please send me the recipe! We need it badly:-( thanks!

Rose October 9, 2015 at 9:29 pm

I sent the recipe to you the email address you provided is no good so it came back to me.

Rose October 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Hello Sylvia
Sorry for my delayed reply.
The recipe has been sent to you.

Rose October 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Hello Stronga
Recipe is on it’s way to you.

Rose October 9, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Hi Patti,
I sent the recipe out to you.

Rose October 9, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Hello AJ
Why do you need it so badly?
I sent the recipe to you today.
Let me know more about your problem.

Terra October 12, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Please will you send me your recipe, my gum are so sore I’m willing to try anything I myself can’t afford a dentist either

Rose October 12, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Hello Terra
I know you say you can’t afford a dentist. I hope that you can find a way because in the long term it will save your teeth. I sent the recipe to you. It might help in the short term but long term you really need to find a way to see a dentist.

Tina C October 18, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Hi. Could I please have a copy of the recipe!?

Rose October 19, 2015 at 5:55 am

Yes Tina,
I am happy to send you the recipe.
It is on its way to you.

rehoboth peaks October 20, 2015 at 9:11 am

Pls send me your recipe. I’ve been suffering from periodontal disease and mouth odor for a long time. Pls heeellpp me !!!!!

Kortney October 22, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Can I get the recipe for your mouthwash for my husband and i. Thank you

Angelique Kaufman October 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Hi Rose I Was Wondering if you could also send me the rinse recipe. Thanks In Advance

Brenda M. October 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

I been having problems with my gums. Would you please send me the recipe?? I would be really grateful.
Thank you

cong October 28, 2015 at 8:04 am

Hi Rose. Can I please have the recipe? My gums starting to bleed.

Mike October 29, 2015 at 9:01 am

Could I please have the recipe thanks

Rose October 30, 2015 at 5:05 am

Hello Rehoboth…the recipe is on its way to you. I hope it helps you. It is not a “long term” solution.

If you have recurring infections…even when you get regular dental check ups, the essential oil based OraMD is a much better long term treatment.
Good luck!

Rose October 30, 2015 at 5:06 am

Hello Kortney
The recipe has been sent to you.

Rose October 30, 2015 at 5:08 am

Hello Angelique…I sent the recipe to you today!

Rose October 30, 2015 at 5:11 am

Hello Brenda
I sent the recipe to you.
Please please please see a dentist if you are having problems with your gums. The longer you go without proper treatment, the worse it can get.

Rose October 30, 2015 at 5:13 am

Hello Cong
I sent the recipe to you. Bleeding gums can introduce infectious bacteria into your blood stream.
Take it as a serious sign that you need to see a dentist if possible.

Rose October 30, 2015 at 5:13 am

Hello Mike
The recipe is on its way to you.

Alen October 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Hi, Could I please have the recipe? My gums starting to bleed.Kind regards

Rose October 30, 2015 at 8:09 pm

Hello Alen
I sent the recipe to you.
Bleeding gums can cause other health problems.
I hope you can get to a dentist very soon.

erika November 1, 2015 at 11:54 pm

Can i please have the recipe?

Rose November 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

Hello Erika
The recipe is on its way to you.

David November 2, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Hello and amazing! I have never before seen a health article writer with an author so dedicated to responding to comments even to now!

I am experiencing a heavy cavity in my upper left rear frontish molar, that appears to have also instigated gingivitis… Im ashamed to say that this was a result of giving up oral care a month ago out of a misplaced pride in the apparent lifelong healthiness of my teeth.

So far hydrogen peroxide with a dentalpik is keeping the pain at bay, but my dentist is the sort that insists extraction is required, even though i know natural remedies work! I’m working on restoring the needed vitamins retinol, cholecalciferol, and meninoque to repair the cavity while giving up phytic acid and sweets while taking bone marrow broth…

But i don’t know what to do about the gingivitis! Please forward me the recipe you discussed! The email attached is the only email i have not flooded with spam :(

Claire November 4, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Hi Hun can you please send us the recipe
Thank you

Rose November 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Hello David
I am sorry to hear about your tooth trouble. It is distressing to lose a tooth. I sent the salt, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide recipe to you along with another reference on “curing tooth decay”.

You might want to read this article : How I Cured My Child’s Cavity. And on that page is another good reference about tooth health. You can make your own “remineralizing” toothpaste. Here is the recipe I use from Wellness Mama. I make a variation with a couple of activated charcoal tablets. Charcoal disinfects and whitens, especially if your teeth are tea or coffee stained. It soaks up the tannins. And it heals ulcers. I also recommend reading this article on oil pulling. I have no association with Wellness Mama but her information is in my experience very reliable.

Good luck. Would love to hear how it works out in the end. If not here on this comments page, you have my email address. Drop me a line.

Rose November 4, 2015 at 8:13 pm

The recipe is on its way to you Claire!

Laurie November 5, 2015 at 8:29 am

If you have time I would love the recipe! Thank you!

Rose November 5, 2015 at 8:35 am

Hello Laurie
I sent the recipe to you.

Nanette November 10, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Would you please send me the recipe, recently had the deep cleaning gums now overly sensitive. Provided prescriptions for antibiotics and some medicated mouthwash. I am taking the meds as directed but personally would prefer a more natural anecdote.

Dee November 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

Hi rose
I’m suffering from periodontal disease and wud very much like to try your recipe!
The funny thing is I have no real pain but do see that I’m having gaps in the front but was quite shocked when the dentist suggested pulling then all?
I still have a beautiful smile so want to do everything to change my prognosis! Cud the recipe help?

Dee November 13, 2015 at 12:03 am

The gap is just in the front but I do have 2 missing in the back on either side but my mouth to me seems quite healthy but I do not pretend to be the expert! Could you advice?
Thank you in advance!

Rose November 13, 2015 at 1:06 am

The recipe is on its way to you.
Black tea is another great antidote after any sort of gum surgery. It is a natural astringent. And unlike the salt and baking soda solution, there is no danger if you swallow it.
Good luck.

Rose November 13, 2015 at 1:39 am

Hello Dee
First, I’m not a dentist or a doctor. I speak only from my experience and I express a personal opinion.

Why would a dentist suggest you pull teeth, if they are not infected or painful or of some sort of bother or health risk to you? That is asinine if you ask me. It is the job of the dentist to help you retain your teeth. Not at any and all cost, of course. But sensibly. I would ask why? Why do you suggest pulling all of these teeth? Is there a health risk associated with these teeth?.

It sounds to me like you are talking about receding gums. This can be caused by chronic gingivitis which results in periodontal disease but usually there is some discomfort with gingivitis…sensitive if not bleeding gums etc. On the other hand, our gums recede as we age. The problem then is whether or not the roots of the teeth are exposed which can pose other problems. So it is important to ask the dentist why the suggestion to pull your teeth.

The baking soda, salt and hydrogen peroxide mouthwash is a good short term treatment for a bout of gingivitis. It will help to prevent infection but it is a stop gap measure. It is not a good long term solution for periodontal conditions. For that I personally use OraMd. This is an essential oil concoction that I brush with every day and have done since 2006 or 2007. It seeps below the gum line into deep pockets and it lingers. It does not wash away easily. For this reason it prevents further infection. It kills the bacteria that causes plaque.

For the benefit of others who might be reading this, I always encourage any one who thinks they might have gingivitis to see a dentist for an initial assessment and a deep cleaning. After that, it is all about maintaining oral hygiene with proper brushing and flossing and using non-toxic ingredients for toothpaste and mouthwash.
I hope this helps.

Lynn November 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm


Rose November 14, 2015 at 8:25 pm

What is causing the infection? Is it just a gingivitis problem or is there an underlying problem with the tooth. If it is gingivitis or periodontitis this mouthwash could help. I’ve sent you the recipe but….if your hygienist is not a dentist…please please please go see a dentist. It is not safe to mess around with an infection that is below the gumline. You need to know for sure what is causing the problem. Sometimes if we grind our teeth (TMJ or bruxism) it can cause a tooth to become troublesome. Are you grinding ?

I had a back molar, also upper, that caused me no end of problems…mainly because it had a huge filling (from my youth before I learned about good oral hygiene and dental care). In the end, it finally broke and I had it pulled. Could not crown it and the dentist said Not worth it. It is way at the back, you hardly use it, you won’t miss it and I didn’t miss it. It was a relief to get rid of it!

See the comments I wrote to David here…some info about remineralizing teeth.

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