Do you have a craving to chew on ice that seems to take over before you can control it? While chewing ice may seem like no problem for your teeth it can actually cause damage and problems to the enamel of your teeth that is costly to fix.
Chewing and craving ice is a sign of “pica,” a disorder where individuals crave non-food items. While most people don’t think that chewing ice is a problem, it can lead to other situations and is believed to be the cause of an iron deficiency. There is no nutritional value in chewing ice. The type of pica that is involved in chewing ice is called, “pagophagia.”
While ice chewing may be a sign of a bigger problem, not all cases where people chew on ice is an iron deficiency. If you have questions about this, it is critical to talk to someone about this or to see a medical professional in order to determine if you need something to help with anemia. You may also feel symptoms of fatigue, chest pain, dizziness, cold hands or feet or poor appetite.
In order to stop chewing on ice it may be necessary to replace the habit with something that is healthier. For more information on ice chewing and the problems that it might cause contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team.