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Reasons to Avoid Chewing on Ice
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Sean Saghatchi
It is a normal thing to do. When you finish your cold drink and are left with a glass full of ice, you may start eating the ice. There are two ways to eat the ice. It is possible to let it melt in your mouth, but if you are like most people, you chew on the ice to break it into small pieces. As dentists, this is something we want our patients to avoid. These are the reasons we tell people not to chew on ice.
Why Chew Ice
Ice is frozen water. It contains no nutritional value. It has no calories and no vitamins or mineral. Since it does not offer the body anything of value, why do people chew it. For some people it is nothing more than a habit that they don't even think about. If they have a cup of ice, they chew it without even thinking about it. It might help them pass the time or it might serve as a diversion.
Some people chew on ice to help them with a dry mouth. There are also some studies that show people with anemia are more likely to chew on ice. No matter what the reason, if people realize the problems that chewing on ice can cause, they may find a way to overcome their habit.
The Dangers of Chewing Ice
Ice is a hard thing to chew. Depending on the size of the ice cube and how frozen it is, the possibility of damage from chewing a hard object is something to think about. There are many people who have broken, chipped or cracked a tooth when they chewed on ice.
Chewing on ice can also damage the enamel that protects the teeth. This can lead to issues with tooth decay and cavities. Also at risk when chewing on ice is any dental work. Fillings, veneers, crowns and other types of dental work are all at risk for damage from chewing ice.
The bottom line is that chewing ice is a bad idea. If you need to put the ice in your mouth, choose crushed ice and let it melt away instead of chewing on it.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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