Mountain Dew Mouth
ABC aired a program discussing the problems with tooth decay among children in the Appalachian Mountains. The problem has been named “Mountain Dew Mouth”. You can view this article and watch the movie about it at the ABC News “Mobile Clinic Treats Mountain Dew Mouth” site.
Pepsi-Cola said that this was just an example of irresponsible news reporting. They suggested that these poor families need to buy a tooth brush and brush and floss on a regular basis. Since the airing of this show, Pepsi came back later and stated that they are going to offer support for the children of this area. ABC will be discussing this dental crisis more on their 20/20 show to air on Friday February 13 at 10:00 p.m. EST.
Why is Mountain Dew being blamed for this dental crisis. A 20 ounce bottle of Mountain Dew contains 19 teaspoons of sugar, 93 milligrams of caffeine, and acid that causes enamel erosion. The caffeine in the 20 ounce bottle of Mountain Dew is the equivalent of taking one-half of a tablet of NoDoz.
Mountain Dew is sweet and the kids love it. They get a bottle of Mountain Dew and take a swig every few minutes. So they are soaking their teeth in sugar all day.
This is not just a problem for the children of the Appalachian area, it is a problem for children and adults everywhere.
There needs to be better educational programs to teach about situations that may lead to severe tooth decay so that families can help avoid this problem.