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You Never Want to Chew on Ice Cubes
Posted on 3/30/2020 by Jeannie Molato, DDS
Some people like to chew on ice cubes. However, they do not realize that this practice is not good for their teeth. While ice cubes are hard, crunchy, and cold, and often fun to eat, they definitely can do some damage to the teeth. Instead, allow the ice cubes to melt in your mouth to avoid any problems with dental damage or decay. While chewing ice may seem innocuous to you, it can trigger dental problems or issues with sensitivity.
Why Chewing Ice Is Bad
People who like to chew ice excessively are said to suffer from pagophagia. Suffering from this condition may indicate a nutritional deficit. Chewing ice may also indicate a problem with an eating disorder. If you regularly chew ice, it can lead to erosion and cavities. While crunching on ice may sound refreshing, it can actually make it difficult to maintain your gums and teeth. If you crave ice, you need to find out why you have developed the condition.
In some cases, chewing ice may result from having an iron deficiency, or anemia. It can also surface from an eating disorder, such as pica. Pica is an eating condition that is marked by eating non-foods, such as ash, dirt, or ice. Pagophagia is a sub-type of this disorder. Often, pica emerges during pregnancy. If you chew ice to an extreme, you need to determine the cause by seeing a doctor. Usually, a doctor will check for anemia or an underlying cause.
Don't get into the habit of eating ice, as your teeth are not designed to take this kind of abuse. If you have had an ice craving problem, but have overcome it, see us for a checkup. We can repair any damages that the habit has caused. Keep your teeth in good condition and get help immediately if you have developed an ice chewing habit.