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How to avoid Mountain Dew Mouth

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Drinking excessive amounts of soda has been linked to obesity, diabetes and other health conditions Drinking excessive amounts of soda has been linked to obesity, diabetes and other health conditions
OAK HILL -

Drinking excessive amounts of soda has been linked to obesity, diabetes and other health conditions. But now there's another major concern, rotting teeth. And it's a problem plaguing Appalachia.

The next time you go to drink a sugary soda, you may want to rethink your choice.

Public health officials said soft drinks are the reason behind the region's high number of people with eroded brown teeth--- and its a major problem.

The condition has been named "Mountain Dew mouth," after the beverage and it is one of the most popular in our region.

"Mountain Dew is the most common, it does have the highest amounts of sugar in it what we often see is that it is most common in kids and young adults. It happens when the cavity actually spreads along the gum line and it just spreads all throughout," Dr. John Hale, a dentist at The Smile Doctor said.

So how much sugar is too much?

"It is really a case by case basis some people can have a lot and have no issues other people can have a little and have issues, each person's make up is just different," Dr. Hale said.

While there's no magic number, Doctor Hale said brushing your teeth after having a sugary drink will help minimize damage.

But he said the best way to avoid Mountain Dew mouth is simply to swap out a soda for a sugar free alternative.