Will Salt, Baking Soda or Hydrogen Peroxide Fix Gingivitis?

by Rose on September 20, 2010

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.

Uncategorized

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

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.
Rose

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,
Rose

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.
Rose

Ask a Question or Leave a Comment

{ 2 trackbacks }

Previous post: Watch a Dentist Deep Clean Teeth to Get Rid of Gingivitis

Next post: Bleeding Gums Can Cause More Problems Than Just Tooth Loss