Break this tooth-damaging habit
You know that, to protect your teeth, you need to cultivate good oral hygiene habits. That means brushing well, flossing daily and maintaining a regular schedule of preventative dental treatments. After that, there are some additional steps that will help you maintain healthy teeth.
One common habit that can have serious consequences for teeth is chewing ice. Leave the ice and protect your teeth.
The dangers of chewing ice
Whether you chew ice only when you find it leftover in the bottom of your glass or whether you keep a cup of ice chips at your desk to munch throughout the workday, you may want to reconsider.
“[When] you chew on ice, you’re putting a great deal of pressure on your teeth and are at risk of wearing down the enamel, which can cause cracks or chips. When the enamel is chipped and dentin is exposed, your teeth will weaken and you may experience sensitivity.” (New Times)
Chipped enamel does more than lead to increased sensitivity. It also weakens the overall integrity of the tooth, which can lead to an increase in dental caries (cavities). Considering these downsides, perhaps it’s best to leave the ice in the glass.
If you find the habit of chewing ice hard to break, consider sucking the ice instead of chewing it. Another alternative is to keep a pack of sugar-free gum or mints on hand for when you find yourself fighting the craving to chew something (but please don’t chew hard mints). Having a safe alternative ready will help you change your habits.
Here at Bienemen Dentistry, our goal is to help you reach an optimal state of oral health. If you have questions or comments about this or anything else, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to serving you.