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When people go to the dentist, they may be told that they need to cut back on how many sugary foods they eat and how much soda they drink, if they want to have healthy teeth. While many people may follow this advice, some do not. For example, WOUB Public Media recently reported that tooth decay is common in Appalachia due to residents having poor oral hygiene habits and high soda consumption.
The news source spoke to dentist Gregory Linscott, D.D.S., who said that he often sees adults and children with "Mountain Dew mouth" which is a term used for tooth decay caused by drinking soda. The dentist added that it's not just teeth that are affected by drinking excessive amounts of soda.
"These people that drink massive sodas, it's very hard on kidneys. It can cause kidneys stones, and it can shut down kidneys in extreme cases," Linscott told WOUB.
LiveScience explained that, when people drink soda, the acids in these beverage can erode tooth enamel as badly as battery acid, which is why it's important to only drink it in moderation.
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