What can chewing ice do to your smile?

There are certain things you can do to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Eat right, brush and floss thoroughly and regularly, and don’t chew on things that shouldn’t be in your mouth, such as pen caps, your fingernails, and ice.

Chewing on these items has the potential to be fairly detrimental to the health and appearance of your teeth. For ice, in particular, the results of chewing it can be even worse than with other objects because chewing anything as cold and hard can potentially shock a nerve in your tooth, causing the need for root canal therapy.

The biting surfaces of our teeth are not flat. They have ridges and grooves, which can allow bacteria to become trapped, but ultimately contribute to the ease with which we bite and chew. When we chew and crunch on ice or anything else, the inclined planes of our teeth facilitate the chewing motion. If a piece of ice is between your teeth and you bite down at an unusual angle, you risk chipping off part of your tooth enamel, cracking or chipping a tooth, or damaging previous dental work, such as a dental filling.

If you’ve already damaged a tooth or teeth from chewing on various objects, Dr. James DeFinnis, a cosmetic dentist in Trucksville, Pennsylvania, can help. Using a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, including cosmetic bonding, dental fillings, and dental crowns, Dr. DeFinnis can restore your smile to its optimal appearance and functionality. To reserve an appointment, call Back Mountain Dental at (570) 763-4360.

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