You can't say your drink is through until all the ice cubes are chewed, right? If you're the other type — that is the kind that gets irritated over someone chomping on ice cubes, then you might find this information intriguing: crunching on ice dates back to the 1600s, and is done for all sorts of reasons. But there's one thing that is for sure: it's a result of sexual frustration. Is it possible that this habit could become a disorder that could affect your health?
Just how unhealthy is it to do?
When people have abnormal ice cravings, they suffer from pica, which is the desire to chew something that's not food. When it's ice specifically, it's referred to as pagophagia. And recent research says it might even be a sign of anemia, which is a silent killer in India. Furthermore, 4 out of every 5 children under three years old have an iron deficiency. While it's not clear why the two are linked, scientists do believe that people with iron deficiencies crave ice because it helps to relieve inflammation in the mouth from this health issue. Ice chewing can also be a symptom of stress, or perhaps even a sign of obsessive compulsive disorder. And our teeth, which are designed to cut through vegetables and meat, don't like it either. Here are the short-term and long-term consequences of this habit:
Ice chewing is shunned by dentists, as it can wear down your teeth over time. And the drastic drop in your mouth's temperature isn't healthy either, making your teeth prone to cracks. So, while the risks may not be life threatening, they are serious. And who wants fractures, chipped teeth, an increase in temperature sensitivity or decay anyway? [bctt tweet="Why You Should Stop Chewing Ice Cubes Right Now"]
Are you possibly addicted to chewing ice? Here are the signs:
People are always staring at you eating ice, so you chomp on it like it's a big secret.
You get incredibly mad when the server takes away your glass full of ice cubes just because there's no water left in it.
You like to put the ice haters down with fun facts about ice.
This post alone might make you want to grab some ice!
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