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Why do I need to chew ice alot?

Why do I need to chew ice alot?

Habit: We need to eat, and drink water, and breathe. Feeling one must chew ice or some other nonessential behavior means it may have risen to a habit or even a compulsion. Compulsions usually interfer with activities and tend to produce a lot of anxiety if they are nto performed. Clincial psychologists can help with habits and compulsions with cognitive behavioral techniques. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone needs to chew on ice cubes?

What does it mean when someone needs to chew on ice cubes?

Possible Iron low: Pica; and in this case pagophagia, (the compulsive need for consumption of ice or iced drinks) can be a sign of iron deficiency anemia. Researchers are not certain of the relationship exactly though theories abound. If iron deficiency is the cause, correction helps. But get checked first; extra iron without need is not necessarily wise nor safe. ...Read more

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How come I have a compulsion to chew ice alot?

How come I have a compulsion to chew ice alot?

Medical Checkup 1st: Cravings for ice and chewing ice can be a sign of iron deficiency (anemia). Less commonly, they can indicate other nutritional problems. If your primary care doctor rules out or has ruled out these nutritional possibilities, then you might want to consult with a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist to rule out any emotional/psychological conditions. ...Read more

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Is it possible for chewing on ice to cause trismus?

Is it possible for chewing on ice to cause trismus?

Not generally: Trismus is limited opening of the lower jaw, usually caused by muscle spasm, a jaw joint disorder or an infection of the jaw. Chewing ice is not good for your teeth or your jaw, but i don't think it would commonly cause true trismus. ...Read more

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What would make me want to chew ice all the time i keep a cup of my favorite ice with me all day and don't seem intrested in anything to drink if i can't get soft chewy ice

What would make me want to chew ice all the time i keep a cup of my favorite ice with me all day and don't seem intrested in anything to drink if i can't get soft chewy ice

Craving : Craving ice is called 'pica'. It has been described in some individuals that have iron deficiency anemia. Please consider having your iron and hematocrit checked. However, it is possible that chewing ice has just become a habit for you. Chewing firm ice can cause tooth damage as well. ...Read more

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I have an obsession with chewing ice?

Pica: Craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia. You first need to visit your pcp for a general medical check up and labs to rule that out. Iron def. Anemia means u r losing blood. It is quite frequent in young females when their menstrual periods r heavy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is ice chewing a symptom of anemia?

PICA: In medicine we call "pica" to the strong desire to eat or drink very unusual substances or foods. Children and adults with pica may eat:
animal feces, clay, dirt, hairballs, ice, paint, sand.This pattern of eating should last 1 mo.In pregnancy, in childhood, and in malnourished populations is more common.It is true that iron or zinc deficiency could be present but could also be psycological. ...Read more

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Is chewing on ice harmful to your teeth?

Is chewing on ice harmful to your teeth?

Yes: I have had several patients who keep breaking their teeth and their crowns from habitually chewing on ice. Do it at your own peril. ...Read more

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I drink about 4 160z cups a water a day and after i'm done drinking, chew on a lot of ice. Is it okay for my health?

I drink about 4 160z cups a water a day and after i'm done drinking, chew on a lot of ice. Is it okay for my health?

Ice chewing: The water consumption is great, chewing ice not so good for your teeth. sudden hitting teeth together hard crunching can fracture parts of the tooth off or propagate fractures into the nerve of the tooth.
This generation will loose teeth to fracture as much as decay or periodontal disease ...Read more

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7 mnths pregnant i began chewing on ice, my babys about to be 2 mnths old&i cant stop chewing on ice, what's wrong with me? I go crazy with out ice.

7 mnths pregnant i began chewing on ice, my babys about to be 2 mnths old&i cant stop chewing on ice, what's wrong with me? I go crazy with out ice.

Iron deficiency: The symptom you have is call Pica, and iron deficiency is the most likely cause. See your doctor, get lab tests to check blood counts and iron levels. Please don't just start taking iron without getting evaluated. ...Read more

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Does chewing ice cause anemia?

Does chewing ice cause anemia?

What you are.....: Describing is pagophagia, the consumption of ice in the setting of anemia, usually due to an fe deficiency state. The ice consumption is not causative, but rather emblematic. You should see your dr and be evaluated for fe deficiency. You may find that your dr checks your hematocrit and red cell indices, and if microcytic hypochromic anemia is detected, starts you on fe rx (cheaper than fe testing). ...Read more

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Can chewing on ice chips cause anemia?

No: There is an old wive's tale that chewing ice is a sign that someone may be anemic. But there is no way that chewing ice can actually cause anemia. ...Read more

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What does chewing ice do to your teeth? Does it damage them?

What does chewing ice do to your teeth? Does it damage them?

Over time yes...: Over time, chewing ice can create cracking in the enamel and can weaken the teeth if it is chewed too much. Better to just let it melt or just don't chew. It's like grinding/clenching your teeth... ...Read more

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Can you tell me docs, is it bad for your teeth to chew on ice?

Can you tell me docs, is it bad for your teeth to chew on ice?

Chewing on ice: Can wear down enamel ; crack or chip a tooth. It can cause a fracture line. ...Read more

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Is it safe to chew ice? Or does it damage your teeth?

Is it safe to chew ice? Or does it damage your teeth?

Chewing ice: Chewing ice can cause cracks or breakage of your teeth.This is not a safe thing to do for your teeth. ...Read more

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Is ice chewing a indication of anemia? Is ice chewing a side effect of anemia?

Hello. : Hello. Pica is when people chew or eat things which aren’t food. For instance, children who chew on or swallow stones. Pagophagia is one type of pica. The person develops cravings to chew on ice. It can occur in people who are very stressed. It has been shown to occur in iron deficiency anemia and it has been suggested that it can also occur with zinc deficiency. ...Read more

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Slightly hit above right temple 5 days ago, now there is a minor bump and pain when yawning or chewing. Should I ice it or seek medical attention?

Slightly hit above right temple 5 days ago, now there is a minor bump and pain when yawning or chewing. Should I ice it or seek medical attention?

Ice and analgesics: You could have bruised bone of even muscles that are associated with yawning and chewing and ice and analgesics should help. However, if there was a loss of consciousness or the symptoms are worsening rather then improving, a medical evaluation might be needed. I would give it a couple more days. Good luck ...Read more

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Gum screwed up my filling had a filling replaced. Fine for 1 week. Then i chewed gum (dentyne ice, briefly). Now my filling's messed up. At first it hurt to chew & also was sensitive to hot and cold. Now, temp. Sensitivity is gone, but it's still unc

Gum screwed up my filling had a filling replaced.  Fine for 1 week.  Then i chewed gum (dentyne ice, briefly).  Now my filling's messed up.  At first it hurt to chew & also was sensitive to hot and cold.  Now, temp. Sensitivity is gone, but it's still unc

Hard : Hard to diagnose your problem sight unseen, but here are a few ideas. Because the tooth was sensitive to hot and cold, the filling could have been deep. In addition, sensitivity after a filling can also occur if the bite is a little off, so trying to adjust the bite is a good start to see if your symptoms would pass.

What concerns me is that you are no longer sensitive to hot and cold, which may be an indication that the nerve in the tooth has died. This could happen if the filling was deep, which would explain your initial sensitivity to hot & cold. If the nerve died, then the tooth could hurt if you bite on it, not from the nerve it the tooth, but from the bone surrounding the tooth which has become inflammed secondary to the dead nerve.

Have your dentist check to see if the tooth nerve is still vital by performing a pulp test. If the nerve has died, then you will need root canal therapy to resolve your problem, and possibly a crown after that. If the nerve is still alive, then the discomfort could be from your biting pressure being transferred deep into the tooth, which is normal for a deep filling. This usually passes, but can take a couple of weeks.

Check to see if the nerve in the tooth is vital. You will then have a clearer path as to your proper course of treatment. ...Read more

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I have a constant salty taste in mouth, and eatig ice, and chewing gum, make it worse. Why?

I have a constant salty taste in mouth, and eatig ice, and chewing gum, make it worse. Why?

Saliva : You could be dehydrated or be having post nasal drip with sinus infection. Your saliva glands could be infected. You could also have a vitamin deficiency, endocrine problem or neurological (brain) issue. People with epilepsy or migraines report salty taste often. Increase your water intake for two days-if still present see your doctor. ...Read more

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Im currently 25 weeks pregnant and all I crave is to chew ice I heard that means im lacking iron is this true?

Im currently 25 weeks pregnant and all I crave is to chew ice I heard that means im lacking iron is this true?

Possible: Desire for ice-chewing/eating may indicate anemia...But it could mean nothing...Some women crave pickles during pregnancy and this does not mean much at all.
To be sure, check with your doc. ...Read more

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I love to chew on ice, in fact I eat it like it's going out of business (lol) does this mean I have an iron deficiency?

I love to chew on ice, in fact I eat it like it's going out of business (lol) does this mean I have an iron deficiency?

Quite possibly: Yes, that is one of the signs called pica and being anemic is common in menstruating women. Also in vegetarians. Please see your doctor for a blood test to find out. ...Read more

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Graduated with a bachelors in it(may 2012).Job is quite stressful, I am in the overweight category(5'3", 165 pounds)and have some unhealthy habits-no breakfast, little exercise, ice chewing-advice, help?

Graduated with a bachelors in it(may 2012).Job is quite stressful, I am in the overweight category(5'3", 165 pounds)and have some unhealthy habits-no breakfast, little exercise, ice chewing-advice, help?

Basics: It is very important to find your balance. We all need to sleep eat work and have fun. Look at your schedule allow time for each one. As to exercise a good walk daily can fill the bill and is a great opportunity to relieve stress and think about your life and establish goals. Good luck we all go though these changes with our professional lives. But if you have the expectation of being a martyr. ...Read more

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Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?

Pagophagia: The exact relationship between chewing on ice and iron deficiency has not been exactly worked out. Many physicians will order iron studies on patients that report chewing on ice just to make sure there are no deficiencies. Further studies will be needed. ...Read more

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Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

I am not sure: We know exactly. It is known as pica. The ice is common in the north. In the south some people eat clay soil and or corn starch. ...Read more

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How can I treat pain while I chew?

How can I treat pain while I chew?

TMJ: Do not chew for a few days and drink only liquids like ensure or carnation instant breakfast drink until the pain gets better. Do not chew gum. Take Motrin 600 or 800 mg to reduce the inflammation. Good luck. You have to rest the jaw just like you rest a knee or ankle when it gets inflamed. ...Read more