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My friend has this habit of consuming ice every time we drink something. it's been continuing since many years. is it bad for teeth?

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Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Yes but bigger issue: Chewing ice may harm your teeth, however there may be a bigger issue. The urge to chew ice is associated with iron deficiently anemia. Please advise your friend to consult with their doctor about this. Anemia can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. It could possibly save their life.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Bad for teeth: Yes. Bad for teeth, but good for dentists! ice chewing persistent for years is not likely associated with anemia. The vast majority of people who chew ice just like it.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Yes: Combination of hard substance and cold temperature can cause crazing of tooth enamel now, which can lead to 1) gradual dark discoloration of tooth enamel, and 2) eventual fracture to tooth enamel. Please encourage your friend to discontinue this pernicious habit.

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