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PHILADELPHIA -

Not much really shocks FOX 29's Joyce Evans anymore.

When one of her best girlfriends called up and said, "I need you to go on a journey with me," Evans says she meant bring a camera crew and viewers for a lesson that might save your life.

You know the voice. The "Midday Maven," "Queen of the 4-1-1," "Goddess of Gossip," the "Hostess with the Mostest," Patty Jackson is not just in Philadelphia on WDAS-FM. She's also heard in 16 other markets around the country.

All who meet the disc jockey can't forget her smile. It screams Hollywood, just like the countless stars who flock to her microphone.

"I really had a million dollar smile," she said.

Stop the music – she said "had a million dollar smile."

Now, the disc jockey with the golden locks, luscious lashes, and glamour nails, finds herself at a major crossroad.

What happened?

Jackson said her teeth first started shifting when she was pregnant. That was 12 years ago. No big deal. She got herself a full set of veneers and kept on smiling.

"When I got those veneers, I was steppin' high and I wouldn't go to the dentist," she said, before calling that "the dumbest thing I could have ever done."

Here's how it happened. Behind those dazzling veneers, a river of rot began flowing. Severe gum disease, festering for years, started swelling, smelling and spreading out of control.

It got bad enough to affect her speech on the radio and her appearance in public, her bread and butter. Still, she kept to her tight schedule, until…

"I did an event with Jill Scott, whose mom was in dentistry, and she told everyone to leave the room, 'We need to talk.'"

"She said, Stop!" You have gum disease and it leads to your heart and you have a son and you're taking care of your mom she said Patty what happens if something happens to you?"

The ultimate wake-up call sent her running to the dentist.

She finally landed in the chair of no-nonsense, straight-talking Dr. Adam Craven.

A dozen or more teeth were already gone, and there were more to go. On X-ray, we could see how saving teeth was not a priority. The doctor had to stop the rampant infection from spreading to vital organs that can cause chronic diseases, such as diabetes, stroke, heart attack and death.

Pour in the antibiotics and heal the gums first. Then, more dental surgery. It will take many more painful, frustrating months – that were likely preventable.

But her journey is far from over.

D. Craven sends Patty to specialist Dr. Thomas Balshi to see if she's a candidate for the fix of the rich and famous, Balshi's super-sophisticated, high-tech "Teeth of the Stars."

And she insisted we continue on for the surgery that would save her health, her career and hopefully inspire you to take charge of yours.

So, in the second part, Evans takes you along for Jackson's dramatic next step that requires even more courage, stamina and trust.

This is a story you don't want to miss.

Implants are rarely covered by insurance and can cost, as in Patty's case, tens of thousands of dollars. That's another reason to prevent what you can.

After you watch this "FOX 29 Your Health" exclusive, you can find information about risk factors, warning signs, treatments and much more by clicking right here.

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    Summer is not over just yet!  90 degree temperatures will take us into September.  Much of the week ahead is looking hot with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

    There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday.

    Unsettled weather will continue through Labor Day with temperatures soaring in the 90's.  We aren't looking at a washout but there will be pop up showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening on Monday. 

    Monday (90/72): Clouds/Storm

    Tuesday (93/71): Clouds/Storm

    Wednesday (87/63) Mostly Sunny

     

     

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