Many people find ice crunching annoying or simply strange but for many others, it’s a hard habit to break. Ice crunchers just love the feel and the sound of crunching ice in their mouth and the whole thing may seem harmless, that is until part of their front teeth breaks
Some crunch ice simply because it’s refreshing while some may do it to control hunger pangs. Other ice crunchers find that it soothes their nerves and help them relax. More serious cases of crunching ice point to a vitamin deficiency. Whatever the reason for your chronic love of crunching ice, this habit is just bad for the teeth – plain and simple.
Regular crunching of ice creates fracture lines and cracks in the teeth and if a large part of the tooth has come off, root canal or tooth extraction may be necessary to prevent infection. Even though there are no visible cracks in the teeth, there can be microscopic fractures that can only be detected by your dentist Houston.
These tiny cracks in the teeth can provide a gateway for bacteria to attack the teeth. What’s more, chewing on ice wears down the protective enamel on the teeth which then leads to cavities. Chipping or cracking due to ice crunching affects not just your natural teeth but any other dental work like Houston porcelain veneers which can then lead to expensive repairs.
Sure, damaged teeth can be repaired through Houston cosmetic dentistry but why spend money for that when you can prevent it? Prevention can be as simple as ordering beverages without ice or sticking to crushed ice or sugar-free gum if you really need to chew on something. No matter how much happiness or Zen-like feeling your ice crunching fix gives you, it’s really not worth ruining your teeth over and risking all sorts of dental problems. Don’t wait before you nick your front tooth before you realize this.
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