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While an ABC News report suggested the residents in central Appalachia suffered poor dental health due to high intake of the soft drink Mountain Dew, a Texas news provider is urging others to curtail the amount of soda they drink.
Diane Sawyers' A Hidden America: Children of the Mountain, raised awareness about the lifestyle and hardships of the residents living in central Appalachia. One of the issues discussed was the significant amount of tooth decay among the area's inhabitants.
The reported suggested it was the popularity of the soft drink Mountain Dew that led to the residents' poor dental care, as well as a minimal access to dental insurance and dental checkups.
Since then, some parents and news providers have been monitoring soft drink consumption. The Victoria Advocate stated that "Mountain Dew Mouth is a condition all dentists are familiar with" and that other sodas and sport drinks can create the same condition.
The Texas paper also suggested that because Mountain Dew has 50 percent more caffeine and may be cheaper than other sodas, parents may purchase the drink for their young children and not think about the dental health consequences.
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