Many people enjoy crunching on ice because it gives the illusion of eating while not consuming calories, but did you know that this can actually be harmful to your teeth? It’s true! During the summer months, munching on ice can be a particularly popular habit. Unfortunately, this habit can cause gum injuries and broken teeth.
Dr. Paul Szmanda, Jim Soblewski, Yvonne Schulke and Thomas Nichols, our dentists, has seen time and time again how chewing on ice can adversely affect your oral health. Our team at Szmanda Dental, in Wausau, Wisconsin, has provided some little-known information about the effects that chewing ice can have on teeth.
Tooth enamel is a type of crystal, and so is ice, and so often, when the two are pushed against one another, one will break. Unfortunately, it isn’t always the ice that breaks. Enamel damage is the main result of persistent ice chewing. Often, craving and/or chewing ice stems from an iron deficiency called anemia. It is important to notify your dentist if you find yourself craving or chewing ice often.
If you are someone who habitually chews on ice, we encourage you to stop and try to replace the habit with something healthier for your teeth. If you are concerned that your teeth have suffered damage as a result of routinely munching on ice, please call us at 715-845-3200 and schedule an appointment. Our friendly team eagerly awaits your call.