Chewing on a nice cold piece of ice during the hot summer months is all fun and games—until you end up with some serious damage to your teeth. In some cases, you might not even realize that you have caused harm to your teeth until it is too late. Whether you are a chronic ice chewer or you just chew the occasional cube while enjoying a nice cold drink, the possibility of damage is always there.
The damage that ice chewing might incur upon your pearly whites is cracked or chipped teeth, dull teeth, and increased sensitivity whenever you consume hot or cold foods and beverages. You can even pop out a filling by chewing on one of these bad boys, not to mention all of the other damage that you can do to previous dental work. All in all, constant chewing of ice can seriously damage your enamel and deteriorate the health of your teeth overall.
Depending on why you choose to chew ice, whether it is to cool you down, or to satisfy the urge to chew on something, there are other comparable options. You might want to try some crunchy foods to snack on, like carrots, or some sugar free gum to help fight the temptation. If it is the hot summer months that have you chewing on ice, try to remember to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated can help eliminate your body's desire for ice.
Imagine a frozen water bottle that was just removed from the freezer and placed on the counter. After a little while, the ice inside starts to break and split due to the temperature change. Essentially, this is what is happening to your teeth due drastic temperature changes in your mouth. If this sounds like you and you think you might have existing damage to your teeth caused by previous ice chewing, then give us a call today to schedule an appointment! We can even provide some additional alternatives for those times when you feel the need to crunch down on some ice!