Is Chewing on Ice Bad for My Teeth?
We often think of our teeth as tools, which can give us the false impression that they are incredibly strong and resilient. While our teeth are essential tools for eating, they aren’t meant to break down harder substances. That’s why ice chewing is so bad for your teeth.
Ice is actually a pretty hard substance, and just because your teeth can crunch ice doesn’t mean they are meant to. Chomping on ice can cause tiny cracks known as microfractures to form in the teeth. These fractures can form all the way down to the root of the tooth.
These microfractures are points where bacteria can enter the tooth, which significantly increases the risk of developing cavities and experiencing tooth sensitivity. Microfractures also make the tooth more susceptible to breaking.
If you have any questions regarding your dental health or are in need of professional care, contact our office to schedule an appointment with dentist Dr. John Cho. He can address any questions or concerns you may have.