However, what many people still do not realize is the negative impact these beverages can have on their teeth.
According to a recent analysis, drinking large amounts of fizzy drinks every day for a few years could cause damage to the teeth comparable to the damage caused by drugs like crack cocaine and methamphetamine.
Commenting on the research, Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said that the key message was to cut down on the amounts of such beverages consumed. He explained that when a person drinks a fizzy or sweet drink, their teeth are exposed to an attack for up to one hour. The best defense from acids in drinks is saliva, which usually takes up to an hour to neutralise the effect of the drink. If these drinks are consumed through the entire day, saliva cannot help teeth and they start decaying, Carter added.
The foundation recommends that if people want to have a snack during the day, they should eat and drink products that will benefit their oral health, such as nuts, cheese, water or diluted juice. Chewing sugar-free gum is also recommended because it helps saliva to fight plaque and reduce the damage from unhealthy snacks.
According to a new survey from the British Dental Health Foundation, as many as seven million people in the UK regularly forget to brush their teeth and around one in five Britons fail to floss.
The poll was part of the National Smile Month campaign run by the British Dental Health Foundation, which was established in 1976 and aims to educate British consumers on the benefits of taking good care of their oral and dental health.
Oral health is more than brushing and flossing Healthy teeth require thorough care, which also means that we should avoid certain food and drinks that can damage tooth enamel. This is something that is usually taught at an early age, but exactly which foods and drinks are considered good for our teeth?
Four Top Foods for Oral Health: Green tea can offer impressive protection for our teeth due to the complex compounds it contains, known as catechins.