When sitting outside on a hot day, the most refreshing thing might sound like a glass of water. Once you gulp down your cooling beverage, you find there to be a standing tower of ice just waiting to either melt or be consumed in its current frozen state. If you’re someone who enjoys indulging in this particular practice, you might assume there’s nothing harmful about it. Unfortunately, that is not true. Read on to learn the dangers of chewing on ice and what you can do to stop it.
If you think about it, biting down on a hard, frozen piece of ice is causing much pressure to be applied to your durable but not indestructible tooth enamel. Each time you chew to break down the contents in your cup, small bits of your teeth are becoming chipped and fractured. As a result, they become vulnerable to things like tooth decay and increased sensitivity. The more your tooth enamel is damaged, the greater your risk for cavities and other common oral health problems. Also, if you have any kind of restoration (i.e., dental filling, crown, bridge, veneers, dental implants), you run the risk of damaging them and spending additional time and money attempting to restore them.
Instead of filling up your cup with ice to chew on, why not consider some healthier and safer options out there, such as:
It might take trying different things to find the one that works for you, but as long as you avoid taking a bite out of a big piece of ice, your teeth will remain damage-free and in place for years to come.
About the AuthorDr. Racha W. Kadamani is a trusted dentist in San Antonio who oversees a team of professionals at Laith Family Dentistry. Pleased to provide individuals with helpful ways to maintain optimal oral hygiene and healthy smiles at home, she is always willing to offer tips and suggestions on what to curb bad habits that can negatively impact a person’s appearance and dental health. If you’re looking for ways to quit eating ice and damaging your teeth, contact us at (210) 782-0008.
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