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Chewing on Ice - September 7th 2010, 12:44 AM

so I like to chew on ice... and one of my friends told me that it can damage my teeth. I was wondering if this is true... and if it is, is it okay if i suck on ice instead? o.o or is that bad too?

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Re: Chewing on Ice - September 7th 2010, 01:25 AM

Well, munching on something so solid CAN damage your teeth, yes. But I don't see how sucking on ice cubes would damage your teeth, since you wouldn't be forcing your teeth to break the ice.

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Re: Chewing on Ice - September 7th 2010, 03:30 AM

Teeth are generally pretty strong. If your teeth are weak enough that chewing ice is a risk you've probably got teeth problems regardless of how you consume your ice.
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Re: Chewing on Ice - September 7th 2010, 04:28 PM

The outer coating of your teeth is called the enamel. Ice, acids, sugar, and caffene break down the barrier between the nerves of your teeth and the outer coating. So, don't chew on ice unless you want MAJOR issues later!
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Re: Chewing on Ice - September 7th 2010, 04:31 PM

Chewing on any hard object can damage your teeth, I doubt it does any real damage, it is water after all. The same goes for sucking, there are many worse things you could suck.
If you're really worried just ask your dentist next time you go up.
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Re: Chewing on Ice - September 11th 2010, 11:32 PM

Do you have cravings for chewing ice? If so you might want to talk to a doctor.

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Re: Chewing on Ice - September 12th 2010, 03:25 AM

Hey there,

The answer is yes. However, how often are you actually chewing on the ice? Chewing and biting anything hard can potentially weaken your teeth, and be damaging, but it's also something we all do, so unless it's very extreme and you're chewing on the ice constantly I doubt there's anything to be afraid of. However it's worth getting your dentist to take a look and tell him!

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Re: Chewing on Ice - September 12th 2010, 02:50 PM

I chew ice ALL the time. My teeth are perfect. They are not chipped. I have never had a cavity and my teeth are in no way 'wore down'. I hate to say, "It's not true!!!" but it is not true for me.
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Re: Chewing on Ice - September 12th 2010, 04:41 PM

I don't know about chewing on ice and teeth, but I do want to add that frequent chewing on ice can be associated with anemia.
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