While I believe you can find many useful tips on this site to help you improve your dental health, if there were only ONE thing I might impart to you that may help you achieve a more desirable oral condition – it would be to gain an understanding of the role your diet plays in the formation of tooth decay.

Over the years I have seen patients with good oral hygiene experience little decay and patients with poor oral hygiene experience the same.  Conversely, I have seen several patients with excellent hygiene still experience problems with tooth decay.  And of course, there are those patients with poor oral hygiene who, as one might expect, experience difficulties.   Maybe it is all a matter of your genes, then?

If so, what about my genetically identical patients (twins)?  One has virtually no tooth decay, whereas, the other has had a cavity in almost every other tooth in her mouth.

The difference, in virtually all of these cases is diet.

Patients with a tooth-friendly diet experience less decay than those who consume foods that are not good for your teeth.  And, frankly, a tooth friendly diet is a body-friendly diet.  So this begs the question: is tooth decay a problem of bacteria, or diet?

I believe both play their role.  But you can control your diet and, to that degree, what you eat is most likely the very key to your dental health.  Click on the links above to read about foods that are good for your teeth and those that are not.