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Chewing Ice: What’s the Big Deal!? Dentists Say Don’t Do It

Melting Ice Cubes

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Chewing ice isn’t bad for you, right?  It’s just water, so what’s the worst that could happen?  Actually, chewing on ice can seriously damage your teeth.

Any time you chew something solid like ice, you run the risk of damaging your teeth.  Biting down on a hard substance will drastically increase wear and tear on your enamel.  You can also damage dental work, such as crowns, fillings, and veneers by chewing ice.  We can’t tell you how many times we have seen a broken tooth due to ice.

Worn down enamel means you will be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures and your teeth will decay faster.

If you find you have a strong craving for ice, you might want to visit your doctor because habitually chewing ice can be one sign of anemia.

When you find you have a few extra ice cubes left in your cup this summer, just let them melt away- your teeth will appreciate it!

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