Preventative Care: A Guide From Dr. Baldwin 

Taking care of your teeth and gums has whole body ramifications.  In fact, not doing it may lead to a number of diseases which lower your quality of life and lifespan. 

It is easy to care for your teeth and gums.  Good home care only takes about 4-5 minutes a day. 

There is almost no other thing that you can do that is so quick, cheap and has such a profound effect on your quality of life.


  • Brush for 2 minutes, two times per day.  Electric brushes all do a better job than manual brushes.
  • Use fluoride and/or xyoitol toothpastes and/or rinses two to four times per day.
  • Pack salt around the teeth and gums at least 4 times per week.  Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) works well with less effect on the heart and fluid retention than regular salt (Sodium Chloride).
  • Floss or proxy brush daily.  This is the least important of the care but is good to do if you can.  Controlling the chemistry (acid-base balance) is more critical.
  • Diet:  stay away from acid and high sugar food and drinks.  Eat natural complex foods.  Processed foods and carbohydrates cause much higher acid levels. Limit the amount you snack to 1-2 times a day.  When you eat or drink virtually anything you get an hours worth of acid production and bacterial growth. Drink a soda quickly and you get one hour of damage.  Sip a soda over the whole day and you can get 8 hours of acid formation and damage from the same soda.  Always rinse with water or some rinse after you eat.  Xylitol gum, spray, and mints are a great way to control acid formation and plaque buildup.
  • Get a Caries Risk Assessment done.


  1. Brush 2-3 times a day, 60% with an electric brush. 
  2. I rinse 2-6 times a day with some alternating combination of Xylitol, Chlorhexadine, fluoride, hydrogen peroxide, or salt water. 
  3. I pack Epsom Salt around the teeth 3 times per week. 
  4. I floss 3-4 times a week. 
  5. I use the shower as a water pick. 
  6. I drink mainly water and 2 quarts to a gallon per day. 
  7. I eat xylitol mints 3-5 times a day. 
  8. I exercise as much as possible.

What I also do: Let's be real here, even I eat sugar, I do not floss every day, and I am more consistent some weeks than others. 

I do the best I can.  If I slack off it is ok, I get back on track.  I am consistent over many years. 

I get professional cleanings and exams at least once per year.  I have had good dental and general health with no cavities for the last 35 years.  So you can too!


Most Ideal:

  • Ester C - 1000-4000mg  per day  half in AM and half in PM  for best effects.
  • Mega B Complex - Make sure B12 is Methyl version not Cyano.
  • D3 - 1200-2400iu per day and must be taken with some fat to absorb.
  • Magnesium - 400mg one to two times per day.
  • CoQ10  Ubiquinol form  100mg per day.
  • Probiotic - Take two times per day.  I like Vitacost 15 Strains / 35 Billion.

Next Level:

  • Antioxidants
  • Astaxanthin -  4mg I use PurZanthin from Stop Aging Now
  • Tumeric - 1300mg I use Curcumin2K from Stop Aging Now
  • Fish Oil - Omega 3s 1200iu per day


  • B12 5000 mcg from Vitacost  again Methyl cobalamin
  • Hyaluronic Acid - 100mg one to two times a day, increases cellular water and joint lubrication.
  • Chondroitin/Glucosamine - 1500mg one to two times a day.
  • Melatonin plus Theanine at bedtime.

Connect With Us


Contact Us

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form below.

Ready to come in for an appointment?
Contact us today!

Steven J. Baldwin, D.D.S.
Preventive General Dentistry

Berkley and San Francisco, California Dentist, Dr. Steven Baldwin is dedicated to family dentistry such as Exams, Teeth Whitening, Veneers and more.

Site Developed by