We’ve all done it. Some of us find it absolutely irresistible. But is chewing on ice really bad or is it another common myth passed down from generation to generation?
Unlike myths that are perpetuated and wrong, such as the myth that you’re more at risk for getting a cold if you go outside with wet hair, this question is valid and, as it turns out, chewing on ice is actually bad for your teeth. But why?
There is a vast temperature difference that exists between the inside of your mouth and the ice that you chew. The cold temperature of ice can cause your teeth to fracture, and can also cause microscopic cracks in your enamel that can lead to big problems in the future.
Furthermore, chewing on something as hard as ice puts undue pressure on your enamel, which can cause damage. Unfortunately, our bodies cannot replace enamel, so we have to be especially careful to practice good habits so that our enamel doesn’t erode over the course of our lives.
Ice can also amplify teeth sensitivity, especially for people who have sensitive teeth, to begin with. Ice can be extremely problematic for patients with traditional braces. Chewing on ice can easily break a bracket or wire, leading to pain and unnecessary dental emergencies.
If you’re looking to crunch on something, we highly recommend chewing on baby carrots or apples rather than ice. These foods will satiate your desire and provide you with added health benefits at the same time.
If you have any questions about your dental health or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.
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