By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Annah Gillette
While chewing on ice feels good on a hot day, it could pose more danger than enjoyment. Chomping down on ice can create pressure leading to cracks and wearing down your enamel. “Tooth enamel is a crystal. Ice is a crystal. When you push two crystals against each other, one will break,” Dr. Messina says. “Most of the time it’s the ice, but sometimes the tooth or a filling will break.”Drink chilled beverages without ice, or use a straw, so you’re not tempted. “The risk of chewing ice is greater than any pleasure that comes from chewing it,” he says. “Besides, ice is really cold!”
There are tons of medications that can cause dry mouth and, therefore, make tooth decay more likely. That includes antidepressants, allergy medications, and pain medications. A good reason to let your dentist know about any medications you’re taking, whether prescription or over-the-counter.
Chewing on ice is one habit that causes oral issues that can contribute to a gut imbalance. Everything is interconnected. Mouth piercings can be bad news. Foreign substances can crack or even break your teeth if you’re not careful. It’s especially dangerous if that piercing is closer to the tip of your tongue, where it might constantly be clacking against the back of your front teeth. Foreign substances can also harbor bacteria and cause further oral and gastrointestinal imbalances.
Your oral health is a key indicator of your overall health. One more thing that can affect your teeth is untreated acid reflux meaning stomach acid is making its way up your esophagus and, potentially, into your mouth. Combined with chewing on ice, hard candy, or other similar foods can damage and even break teeth. So, seriously, try to skip it and address your reflux!
If you are concerned that you might be out of balance a comprehensive stool test can help set things straight. Test results provide answers to:
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.