Chewing Ice Can Cause Serious Tooth Damage

Why that cold crunch is like swinging a wrecking ball in your mouth

 

Chewing Ice

Ah, the soothing feeling of chomping down on cold ice. Especially when the weather is hot and you need to chill.

The problem? Your teeth were made for cutting through veggies and meats. Here’s why chewing ice can be a short-term comfort with expensive consequences.

 

Chewing ice hammers teeth

With good oral hygiene and proper dental care, your teeth should last a lifetime. But the violent bashing of ice inside your mouth can cause dental emergencies like teeth fractures, cracking and chipping.

Even if you can’t see the damage, chewing ice can:

  • Wear down tooth enamel
  • Increase sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Make teeth more vulnerable to decay.

Plus, you run the risk of damaging dental work you’ve had done like veneers and fillings. That could mean a lot of pain—in your mouth and your wallet.

 

Ice chewing and anemia

Ice chewing has also been linked to anemia, a serious blood disorder. If you’re constantly chewing ice, check with your physician to eliminate underlying causes for your habit.

 

Tip to kick the habit

If you must have something to chew on, dentists recommend sugar-free gum. And leaving the ice in your glass!

 

Get more expert oral health advice:

How to eat your way to a healthier mouth

Why calcium is the backbone of strong teeth

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