Have you ever drank a glass of water, and decided that you wanted to chew on the ice in the bottom of the cup? Is this bad for your teeth? Trace is here to discuss.
Why does anemia make people want to crunch on ice?
“Iron-deficiency anemia, which affects about 7 percent of American women and 2 percent of American men, may also cause you to crave some unusual things.”
Is constantly craving and chewing ice a sign of anemia?
“Possibly. Doctors use the term ‘pica’ to describe craving and chewing substances that have no nutritional value — such as ice, clay, cornstarch or paper.”
“Pica, particularly ice-eating (pagophagia), is a recognized symptom of iron deficiency.”
Chewing Ice Can Cause Serious Tooth Damage
“With good oral hygiene and proper dental care, your teeth should last a lifetime. But the violent bashing of ice inside your mouth can cause dental emergencies like teeth fractures, cracking and chipping.”
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“The days of whining drills and shrieking patients that can make a trip to the dentist an experience to dread may be numbered, according to scientists who claim that they may have found a way to regrow rotting teeth.”
Pagophagia, or compulsive ice consumption: a historical perspective
“Pagophagia, or the excessive consumption of ice or iced drinks, is popularly regarded as a novel manifestation of pica, which has emerged, predominantly in the USA, over the last 30 years.”
Chew This Over: Munchable Ice Sells Like Hot Cakes
“When Kyle Burkhalter gets up in the morning, he goes into the kitchen and fixes himself a nice cup of ice.”
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