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  • ICE, ICE BABY

    To Chew or Not to Chew

    Have you ever finished your sweet tea or soda just to chew on a few remaining ice cubes on a hot summer day? For some, it’s the chew, for others it’s the temperature, whatever the reason should be – STOP! 

    Chewing on ice can be a really addictive habit that is hard to break and is detrimental to your teeth. Now that we are in the middle of our hottest season, ice chewing can be at an all time high! Reagin Orthodontics and dentist offices in the greater Summerville area can be crowded by broken or cracked teeth, gum injuries, and damaged appliances from chewing on ice. Not to mention, your jaw muscles can become sore and sensitive, causing crowns to become damaged, and enamel be worn away.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, Craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia, although the reason is unclear. At least one study indicates that ice chewing might increase alertness in people with iron deficiency anemia. Less commonly, other nutritional problems may cause you to crave and chew ice.

    It’s hot. We get it! We also get that you deserve a smile as bright as you and want you to be able to smile with confidence for years to come. Just a helpful hint from your friends at Reagin Orthodontics!