Those last few ice cubes lingering in the bottom of your drink may seem harmless, but one ill-fated chomp could quickly spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E. The force required to chew a solid ice cube is simply more than your teeth were designed to handle. Most commonly, chewing ice leads to cracked and chipped teeth, damage to tooth enamel, problems with existing dental work (like crowns and fillings), and over time, sore jaw muscles.
Another consequence of chewing ice is an increased sensitivity to hot and cold, and a heightened susceptibility to cavities. Microfractures in the enamel allow for exposure to the parts of your tooth that just aren't meant to be exposed. These same openings also allow the introduction of bacteria which over time can lead to pain, decay, and overall misery.
If you are currently experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold, or have tooth pain of any sort, a simple exam is the first step to relief. Please call for an appointment and we will work together to take care of it right away!
And, if you absolutely MUST chew your ice, please opt for the significantly softer pebble ice (we're looking at you, Sonic and Taco Time) which is much easier on your pearly whites.