In a recent interview with Wall Street Journal’s Heidi Mitchell, dental expert, Dr. Michael Glick offers insight about “the genetic roots to tooth decay.”

Dr. Glick, who serves as editor in chief of the Journal of the American Dental Association and as a professor at the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, explains:

“The way enamel is formed on the tooth is probably the best candidate for genetics to have an impact.”

Is your sweet tooth inherited? Dr. Glick uses research on identical twins to answer that one.

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Sugar is the enemy, whether or not you have the “cavity gene.” So healthier diets and better oral hygiene habits can help everyone.