Why Chewing Ice Can be Dangerous
Destroyed Orthodontic Appliances - Orthodontic appliances like braces and retainers play a vital role in developing healthy smiles. Despite their sturdy construction, chewing ice can cause severe damage to brackets, wires and other appliances resulting in extra visits to our office and delayed treatment times.
Broken or Fractured Teeth - Teeth may seem tough and sturdy, but they are not designed to crunch extremely hard objects like ice. Chewing ice can easily lead to a cracked or chipped tooth, which will require an emergency dental visit to repair the broken tooth.
Cracked Tooth Enamel - Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body yet chewing ice can still damage it. Tooth enamel is the first line of defense against cavities and helps protect teeth from sugar and acid attacks. If tooth enamel is damaged by chewing ice, it can leave teeth more vulnerable to acid attacks and tooth decay. That’s because acids produced by bacteria can penetrate the softer layer of the tooth, the dentin, much more easily and cause tooth decay. Cracked tooth enamel can also lead to hot and cold sensitives and tooth pain.
Chewing on ice is a common habit that can create a lot of problems for your oral health. As with any habit, the first thing you should do is make yourself aware. If you are concerned about your oral health or if you chew on ice frequently, make sure you schedule an appointment with your general dentist to have your teeth and gums evaluated. If your teeth are damaged, your dentist will know exactly what to do to help.