There are several reasons you may chew ice. Regardless of whether it’s to enjoy a cool summer treat, relieve stress or cut back on calories, it can have negative affects on your overall oral health. Some of the reasons to avoid chewing ice can be found here.
It Wears Down the Enamel on Your Teeth
When you chew on ice, it can wear down the enamel on your teeth. The enamel keeps your teeth strong and it protects them when you bite, chew or grind. The more the enamel is worn down, the more likely you are to experience tooth sensitivity, cavities or tooth damage.
Damage to Fillings
When you put frozen ice in your mouth, it causes your fillings to expand. If fillings expand, they are going to last for a much shorter period of time. As a result, it is not a good idea to chew ice unless you want to go to your dentist to have your fillings replaced at some point.
Causes Gum Damage
Ice is sharp and hard, which means it can easily damage or puncture your sensitive and soft gum tissue. With the gums already put in jeopardy due to various foods you eat during the day, there’s no reason you should make this situation worse by chewing on ice, as well.
Causes Cracks in Your Teeth
The sharp edges of the ice have also been seen to crack teeth. If you bite down on ice, you are putting a large amount of pressure on small areas inside of your mouth. In some situations, your mouth won’t be able to handle this. As a result, small and unnoticeable fractures may occur over time if you chew on ice repeatedly. Eventually a larger fracture may occur. To fix a larger fracture, you will need a crown, and in some cases root canals.
It Increases Sensitivity
If you are constantly chewing ice and exposing your teeth to extreme changes in temperature, it can cause serious damage to the nerves that are inside of your teeth. Also, chewing on ice on a regular basis can increase the possibility of tooth sensitivity, which means if you already experience this issue, then chewing on ice is only going to make it worse.
Can Cause Brain Freezes, Jaw Soreness, Toothaches and Headaches
In addition to all the issues listed above, when you chew on ice it can cause a number of other irritations in your body. When you move your jaw to bite or grind on crunch, hard and cold ice, it can result in headaches and you may even develop soreness in your jaw. As mentioned before, the ice can also irritate the softer tissues in your teeth, resulting in a toothache.
As you can see, there are several reasons that you should avoid chewing on ice. If you have questions or need more information, you can speak with your dentist who will be able to help.