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The Types of Tooth Damage You Should Expect to Have If You Regularly Chew on Ice

Posted on 12/10/2021 by Neil Starr DDS PC
The Types of Tooth Damage You Should Expect to Have If You Regularly Chew on IceAll of us have bad habits. However, working in the dental realm, we see how some bad habits may have long-term effects on your teeth and gums. One of the worst habits we have seen is patients who chew on ice. Not only does this habit annoy people around you at your work picnic, but it also damages your teeth.

Expect Damaged Teeth if You Chew Ice

Chewing on ice is not much better than chewing on hard candy. Most likely, you have been warned that chewing on hard candy can chip or crack your teeth. This is true, and chewing on ice can also cause additional problems. Chewing on ice can cause damage to your enamel. The enamel is the protective shiny outer layer of your tooth. If this is damaged, you will leave your tooth exposed to the living layers housed inside of the tooth. Cavities are highly possible if the enamel is compromised. In addition, your teeth could become sensitive, too hot, and cold if your enamel is damaged.

If you have existing dental work in your mouth, chewing on ice may frustrate those efforts to help your mouth function well. For instance, chewing on ice can damage your fillings, crowns, and dental veneers.

Get Your Teeth Fixed and Stop Chewing Ice

The most important message here is to stop chewing on ice. If you stop and think about all the tasty and delicious things you could chew instead, chewing ice will mostly take a back seat. Choose to eat other crunchy yet satisfying foods. Better yet, eat foods that nourish your body.

If you have damage to your teeth because you chew ice, you should give us a call right away. We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss further treatment options.

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