No, Chewing Ice Is Not Totally Harmless!
A lot of people think that chewing a few cubes of ice is totally harmless. However, medical and nutrition experts have a different opinion. In fact, this seemingly-safe habit could be a sign of a health issue. Your parents may have told you while growing up that eating ice hurts your teeth. Well, that’s only part of a larger problem. When eating ice becomes a compulsive habit, this may indicate that you have pagophagia, a type of pica—a psychological disorder that causes people to crave non-food items like dirt, hair, glue, or worse. If you’ve started chewing ice lately, you’re either causing harm to your teeth or masking something serious.