Eating ice: what shouldn’t you eat and chew - National Dental Care

The warmer months of the year have arrived, and you know what that means: it’s time to work out all the ways to stay cool. That might mean a trip to the beach, a visit to the shops with all the air conditioning, or just eating and drinking every cold item you can find, like eating ice.

But hold up, because it turns out eating ice may not be good for you. It might feel good and bide time while you wait for something else to arrive like dinner and drinks, but eating ice can do some serious harm. Why is that, and what else should you not be eating?

Why you shouldn’t be eating ice

What’s cold, edible, and can help melt away your troubles as the hot day wears on?

It’s ice, and it’s something we’ve all chewed on at least once before, reaching the end of a icy cold drink and munching on what remained at the bottom.

There’s probably no surprise that we’ve all felt the frosty crispy crunch of ice as it breaks up under our teeth, but did you know that eating ice is actually considered bad for your teeth, and can cause long-term damage?

With every chomp, your teeth are subject to stress, leading to tiny imperceptible cracks that can fracture the precious enamel of your teeth and break it down over time.

Large ice cubes are the worst, even if they’re so nice in your mouth when the mercury peaks, and crushed ice is marginally better, but you don’t risk damage to your teeth by letting it melt,
blowing on it, or running it over your skin.

The cool, sensitive type

Eating ice isn’t only dangerous for your teeth, but can also cause pain if you happen to suffer from sensitive teeth.

Often caused by a worn down enamel, dental sensitivity is a sign that your teeth need to be looked into, and could lead to other issues like tooth decay.

While a sensitive toothpaste is usually a quick fix into keeping the sensitivity of your teeth down and boosting the enamel of your teeth, a visit to your local National Dental Care experts can help find the culprit of sensitive teeth quickly.

Crunching down on hard foods

Eating ice isn’t the only danger for your teeth. In fact, any other food you may have that is both hard and easy to crunch down on can cause enormous strain on those chompers of yours, to the point where it might even lead you back to the dentist’s chair early, or worse get you to an emergency dental visit.

Hard items like lollies, candy canes, popcorn kernels, and even enjoying a nice olive or two can become perilous if your teeth crunch down a little too eagerly, cracking teeth and causing the structure to fall away. The problem is the pressure is just too great on your teeth, and if you come down hard, your teeth may not be able to cope, chipping, cracking, and leaving you in pain.

And pain is the last thing anyone wants, so to keep those teeth in tip-top shape, resist the urge to crunch down and suck on a lolly, ice, and everything nice.

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