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Old 02-29-2004, 06:04 AM   #1
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Biting Ice Cubes - Bad for teeth?

My husband and I have a disagreement that maybe someone can help us settle. My kids like to eat ice cubes and I don't worry about it at all. My husband thinks that it could damage their teeth. Any input?

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Old 03-01-2004, 07:17 PM   #2
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Re: Biting Ice Cubes - Bad for teeth?

just an FYI, excessive chewing on ice can be a sign or iron deficency. I was one that was always chewing on ice. I went to the doctor and with the help of a blood test it was determined that I was iron deficient. Once I got my iron level back to normal the craving for ice went away.

Old 03-01-2004, 10:39 PM   #3
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I don't know which side each of you are on, so I guess my reply is impartial.

Chewing on ice is very bad for your teeth over time. Usually it does not cause problems quickly. I am in my mid 40's and have chewed ice on an doff since I was a kid. For me, it seems to run in streaks - periods that I just can't resist and then for a long period, don't chew it at all.

Can it cause problems, oh my gosh. Yes. I am living proof. I cracked a molar (hairline) and it got infected. I spent 10 days in the hospital on IV antibiotics and morphine. They were concerned because the infections was spreading toward my brain. Needless to say, I recovered. It took months to feel ok again. I have a root canal and then a crown on that tooth.

On the other side of my head, I have had 4 more root canals and have 2 teeth with crowns (and they have had to be replaced).

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