How Chewing on Ice Affects Your Teeth
We’ve all had the experience of either being or being around that one person who constantly eats/chews ice. Not just chewing ice when the drink is gone, but consistent chewing of ice often. This habit is not at all good for your teeth or gums. Chewing ice might also be a sign of a more serious condition, such as anemia. See your doctor if you find yourself constantly craving ice to the point where you can’t seem to break the habit. Let’s take a look at what chewing ice does to your mouth.
Temperature changes: When you chew ice, you’re creating a hot and cold cycle that repeats itself with every mouthful. This cycle affects your enamel where it may crack or wear away. This wearing away of your enamel leaves your teeth prone to decay.
Pressure: Chewing ice puts unnecessary pressure on your teeth. This pressure cracks and wears away enamel just like the temperature changes will, only to a higher extent. The compromised enamel will also eventually cause your teeth to be more sensitive to temperature. Your fillings will also take a toll with all of the pressure. Your fillings may crack or cause you other painful problems.
Gums: Your gums are at risk of injury as well with the jagged edges of the ice cubes. Injured gums are uncomfortable.
If you find yourself constantly chewing ice, it is vital you visit your doctor to rule out any other, more serious problems. Make an appointment with your dentist as well, as they will be able to update you on the health of your teeth.