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.


{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Romaine May 7, 2016 at 8:42 pm

May I have the recipe please and thanks


Rose May 14, 2016 at 7:38 am

Hello Romaine
The recipe is on its way to you.


Surichi May 10, 2016 at 8:32 pm

Hi Rose, I was looking for something like this.I had a Peridontal disease, had deep cleaning done from my dentist. But now my teeth are more sensitive due to bone loss and gum recession. Can your recipe help me. Could you please share your recipe. Thanks !


Rose May 14, 2016 at 7:20 am

Hello Surichi
I was in a similar situation. My teeth were very sensitive. What helped me was OraMD.

I also made the toothpaste mentioned here because it can remineralize your teeth and that helps reduce sensitivity.
The baking soda and salt recipe is also on its way to you.


Tia Wood June 15, 2016 at 9:33 am

I would love the recipe, please?! I have bad gingivitis. Clean teeth, but my gums are in bad shape, now its cutting in to my teeth. Thank you a head of time;


Rose June 27, 2016 at 4:26 am

Hello Tia
The recipe is on its way to you. What do you mean “clean teeth”. Plaque builds up along the gum line. Without proper brushing and flossing, plaque turns to tartar and then it begins to irritate the gums causing gingivitis. Consult a dentist please and get a deep clean.


Edward Hunt July 6, 2016 at 8:53 pm

could please send me the recipe


Rose July 25, 2016 at 8:23 pm

Hello Edward
The recipe is on its way to you.


Javier May 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm

Hi Rose, awesome article.. it was a great read.
I was also wondering if I could get the recipe as well, recently have been hit with some symptoms, which seemingly appear to be gingivitis I suspect.

If you could, I would really appreciate it..thank you!


Rose June 12, 2016 at 8:36 pm

Yes Javier
The recipe should be in your inbox.
I apologize for my delayed reply.


Miss F May 20, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Please can I have this magical recipe!? Thank you 🙂


Rose June 12, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Hello Miss F
I sent you the recipe.
I apologize for my delay.


Venus Brown May 28, 2016 at 8:55 pm

May I have the recipe too…please and thank you very much.


Rose June 12, 2016 at 8:05 pm

Hello Venus
The recipe has been sent to you. Sorry for the delay.


dennies May 31, 2016 at 7:28 pm

hi rose. if its not too much of a bother. can i have a recipe of the cure for gingivitis? thanks.


Rose June 12, 2016 at 8:06 pm

Hello Dennies
I sent the recipe to you today.
Sorry for the delay.


christina June 1, 2016 at 7:25 pm

Hi can i get the receipt please í really need it.


Rose June 12, 2016 at 8:06 pm

Hello Christina
You should find the recipe in your in box.
I apologize for the delayed response.


Nathan June 2, 2016 at 1:43 am

Hello, can I also have the recipe?


Rose June 12, 2016 at 8:07 pm

Hello Nathan
I sent the recipe to you today.
I apologize for the delay.


itzik June 8, 2016 at 3:39 am


thanks for that information, i am 42 years old and stumbled into your article which i find most informative, i was recommended by my dental gum expert to have 1/4 X 4 root teeth clean since they so on the X-ray that some parts within the tooth have black color (means infection within the roots below the gums), my question is as follows:
– will this baking soda and salt recipe do any good for my status?
– do you have any other solution beside paying 200$ per 1/4×4 of the mouth (the money is not what scars me) for such an intrusive procedure? can this be cured and maintained in a natural way?




Rose June 12, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Hello Itzik
I can only tell you about my experience and my understanding.
I am not a qualified practitioner. I am simply speaking from my ongoing experience.

I think if I were you, I would get the intervention by the dentist. An infection in the root is very serious. And once you have an infection that deep, well I think it is a bit risky to try to treat it yourself. These infections can go beyond the mouth and affect your overall health.

That said…if I were going to try to treat it I would go the essential oil route because the essential oils may seep down below the gum line and linger longer and hopefully fight the bacteria. There is plenty of research that shows how effective essential oils are against infections. The salt, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide recipe may help but this mixture doesn’t linger for long and I don’t know how well it penetrate the gum line. The essential oil will seep down precisely because it lingers…it is not easily washed away.

Certainly for maintenance, the essential oils work great! Once I had an infection below the gum line, even after treatment by a dentist (they cut open the gums and cleaned out the infection, then sewed the gums up again), I had constant battles with bacteria getting into the resulting deep pockets until I started using the essential oil treatment that I mention on these pages. Once I started using this concoction of essential oils the infections stopped and my gums became pink and healthy and I’ve been using it ever since. A single bottle is more expensive that toothpaste but if you buy in bulk (6 or more bottles…you get 7 bottles when your order 6) it is very economical, non-toxic and you can use it every day. And you do not have to buy the product on these pages. If you can find “medicinal” grade essential oils locally, you can go that route…but I prefer OraMd because it is backed by research.

I will send you the salt, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide recipe but I encourage you to let your dentist treat your condition and then follow that up with good oral hygiene that includes natural ingredients in whatever toothpaste and/or mouthwash you choose for maintenance.

Best wishes to you.


kevin June 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Plz I cnt reli xplain,my teeth has yellow coloration but when ever I try brushing my teeth with baking soda and salt it makes my gum bleed and sometime inflamed,all tho this inflammation do happen to me when I was a kid and now my right tooth is damaged also planning its extraction,plz give me the recipe 4 the cure,tanks


Rose June 27, 2016 at 4:23 am

Hello Kevin
I would not use salt to brush the teeth. It is way too course. Just try baking soda alone. But bleeding gums is one of the symptoms of gingivitis. Please consult a dentist. In the meantime, the recipe is on its way to you.


Misty June 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Hi, this is a great read. Would you email the recipe to me please?


Rose June 27, 2016 at 4:28 am

Thank you Misty.
The recipe has been sent to you.


Desiree June 17, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Could I please have the recipe as well!?


Rose June 27, 2016 at 4:29 am

Hello Desiree.
The recipe is on its way to you.


Sara July 15, 2016 at 5:03 am

Hi Rose
I am suffering with gums problems please can you send me the baking soda recipie please.


Rose July 25, 2016 at 8:23 pm

Hello Sara
I’ve sent the recipe to you.


Tina July 18, 2016 at 10:22 am

Please can someone send me the recipie? Ty


Rose July 25, 2016 at 8:25 pm

Hello Tina
You should find the recipe in your inbox.


Toni July 21, 2016 at 11:53 am

Hi Rose, I had gum grafts eleven months ago because I was unable to
be fitted for a partial. It took a long time for the gums to heal, and I now
have a new partial, that I believe will work after a few minor adjustments.
My problem is that though my periodontist tells me the grafts have healed,
my gums are still very sensitive I am hoping your recipe will help toughen
and take the soreness away. Will you send it to me please? Thanking you
in advance.


Rose July 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

Hello Toni
I’ve sent the recipe to you but I don’t think you should use it unless you actually have an infection in the gum grafts. I don’t think it is going to help the “healing” process. You might find swishing black tea around the gums on a daily basis is more helpful. Read my article here about herbal remedies.


Roxana July 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

Good post!
Would you email me the recipe too, please? Thank you for helping!


Rose July 25, 2016 at 8:34 pm

Hello Roxana,
Recipe is on its way to you.


Camille July 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Hello. I have a problem, I believe my wisdom tooth is coming in on the left side of my mouth. For the past few months I was brushing with baking soda and washing my mouth out with peroxide. I’ve also tried oil pulling but the pain is still there off and on. It’s better than it was before but its it’s taking long for 100% healing. The pain also has an effect on my top teeth on the same side. Any advice for healing without going to the dentist? And could u also send the recipe for the solution?


Rose July 28, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Hello Camille
I sent you the recipe. The recipe is best used to treat infections such as that which can occur with gingivitis.
For some more healing remedies, read this page about herbal remedies. Black tea is very soothing. On the occasions that I’ve had a tooth pulled, black tea speeds the healing. I use it instead of those horrible toxic mouthwashes the dentist hands out.

If you have ongoing pain related to your wisdom teeth, I strongly encourage you to see a dentist, just to make sure your wisdom teeth have room to move and are not impacted. When we leave these things too long without proper advice, we make the situation worse.
Best wishes,


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