If you are one of those people who chews on things like ice without planning on it first, then you may want to go out of your way to stop doing it. Ice can leave your mouth in significant amounts of pain, which could leave you needing dental procedures to correct the damage.
Ice Can Break Your Teeth
If you chew on ice, it can crack or fracture your teeth. Ice is a strong substance. While it does melt down into a liquid, while the ice is still a solid, it can do a lot of damage. Biting down on it can lead you to having chipped, cracked, or even completely fractured teeth. Once a tooth is fractured, nearly all of the time it will require extraction.
Ice Can Splinter
When you bite down on ice, it tends to break apart. If it splinters into sharp, jagged shards, it could puncture some of the tissues of your mouth. This could cut into your gums, and in more severe cases, it could also poke out into your cheeks, leaving you bleeding or worse.
Ice Can Undo Dental Work You've Already Had
Chewing on ice puts a lot of pressure on your teeth. Enough pressure, in fact, to loosen fillings, crowns, and veneers. This can not only be painful, but also expensive to repair. Avoid these problems by simply not chewing on ice anymore.
If you have been a lifelong ice chewer, you need to stop. You also need to inform your dentist that you have been chewing on ice, so they can help your teeth stay safe and protected.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about ice's effects on your oral health.