Diane Sawyer took advantage of her substitute appearance as ABC anchor to follow up on her 20/20 documentary last Friday on poverty in Appalachia A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains. Mountain Dew Mouth is the dentists' nickname for the toothlessness of so many in the region because the popular soda has "high caffeine, acid, sugar consumed in such quantities that it destroys enamel on the teeth." Sawyer interviewed Indra Nooyi, the boss of PepsiCo on Good Morning America about the dental damage her brand is doing. "Nooyi told me personally how concerned she and the company are about any overuse or misuse of the soda among small children." PepsiCo will supply a van for a traveling dental practice in Kentucky's mountains. Mountain Dew will remain on the market.
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