Is Nugget Ice Bad For Your Teeth?

With the rise in popularity of sonic/nugget ice, many people seem to be wondering the same question, which is “is nugget ice bad for your teeth?”

If you want to know the answer to this question, you’ve come to the right place!

Because in this article i’ll show you everything you need to know about the effect of nugget ice and regular ice on your teeth!

So let’s jump in!

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Is It Bad To Chew Nugget Ice?

I can say right away, nugget ice is not bad for your teeth! This is due to how nugget ice makers work and how nugget ice is created.

The process involves freezing, shaving, pressing, and compressing ice/water. The end result is a super soft and chewy nugget of ice that falls apart at the touch of your warm mouth. 

This soft and chewy texture is exactly why nugget ice and sonic ice makers have become so popular in the last couple of years. People who like to chew ice have become hooked, as nugget ice provides the same cooling qualities as traditional ice cubes, but is also super satisfying to chew on (in contrast to hard ice cubes).

Can Chewing Ice Cubes Break Your Teeth?

Woman chewing on a ice cube

So nugget ice is not bad for your teeth, but how about normal ice cubes? Throwing some ice cubes in your drink on a hot summer evening is a great way to cool yourself down.

There is a good chance that you’ll be going to town on that ice cube after finishing your drink. Unfortunately, similar to other hard foods, traditional ice cubes can damage teeth, enamel, and gums.

More than you would expect from such a small piece of ice. This is because ice cubes are very hard. Teeth are developed in such a way that they can bite through food. But when chewing on an ice cube, the teeth keep hitting the ice until it breaks.

As a result, your teeth and molars wear out faster, resulting in toothaches. But it can also cause damage to tooth enamel or to fillings and crowns. In addition, your teeth can become sensitive, which can cause pain when consuming cold or hot drinks and meals.

Because ice breaks relatively easy when chewing on it, you might not be thinking about the consequences for your teeth. But in comparison, a blender has special blades for chopping ice, because ordinary blades would wear quickly and become blunt. Fortunately, teeth are a lot stronger than knives, but in the long term, the damage is comparable.

Why Do My Teeth Ache After Eating Ice?

Well… that’s because your protective layer of tooth enamel can wear down after a long period of chewing ice. This in turn exposes the dentin which is the soft inner part of your tooth (where the nerves lie).

As mentioned before, your teeth can become sensitive to a point where certain triggers— such as cold foods, drinks, or air—can irritate the nerves, causing a sharp pain in your teeth.

Can Eating Ice Hurt Your Throat?

Eating (too much) ice can also hurt your throat. The human tissues inside the throat have been adopted only for a particular range of temperatures and textures.

If these tissues are exposed to temperatures and textures outside these ranges, it can cause cellular damage from abrasions as well as cold sensitivity or contraction of your veins and throat. This will trigger inflammation and cause other irritation symptoms.

Can Eeating Ice Damage Your Tongue?

It is only when a piece of ice becomes sharp, that it can cut your gums, tongue, soft palate, or cheek. This can happen when you’re chewing ice, so therefore it’s certainly possible to damage your tongue when eating ice (although probably not super likely).

That’s why I recommend chewing on nugget ice if the need arises. The soft and chewy texture of nugget ice enables you to chew it whenever you want without damaging your teeth and mouth.

Conclusion

So in conclusion, nugget ice is definitely the better option if you want to chew on ice. In contrast to traditional ice cubes (which can wear down your teeth), the soft and chewy ice nuggets will melt in your mouth when chewing.

That’s why it is called the good ice!

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