In short, yes. Chewing on ice can cause problems if you have existing fillings, areas of tooth decay, or sensitive teeth. The hardness of the ice may result in too much pressure when you chew, causing broken down teeth to crack apart or break. The cold temperature of the ice may also lead to contraction of dental materials in fillings that you may have, weakening their bond with the surrounding tooth enamel. Whether it’s a one-time thing, or an everyday occurrence, chewing ice may lead to fractured teeth or fillings in your mouth, resulting in a dental emergency. Even if it isn’t too traumatic, chewing hard things like ice can cause small areas like those with bonding to fall off of the teeth.
In addition to the risks associated with chewing ice, the habit may also be linked with anemia. Once thought to be just an old wives tale, the medical community has spoken out and let people know that it very well may mean you are suffering from anemia if you’re prone to chewing on ice. An increase of iron in your diet through foods or supplements can help regulate your blood levels. Oral symptoms of anemia may also be visible by your dentist, so be sure to let your dental provider know if this is something that you find yourself doing on a regular basis.
If your teeth are sensitive to ice or cold in general, you may have areas of exposed pores that are hypersensitive to temperature changes in the mouth. Using toothpaste designed for sensitivity can help block these areas and reduce symptoms within about 2 weeks. After this point if symptoms are still evident, you should see a dentist.
Posted on behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
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