By Dr. Iman Sadri
February 17, 2019
Recently I have encountered a large number of patients who chew ice. This deleterious condition is referred to as pagophagia. I have noticed that a significant number of these individuals are anemic. They have expressed their habits of chewing ice starting after being diagnosed with anemia.
Pica describes a condition of chewing substances that have no nutritional value. The link between chewing ice and anemia is unclear. One study states that there may be relationship with chewing ice for anemic patients to remain clear. Other causes include stress and emotional trauma. Chewing ice becomes a way to cope with the stress as well.
One thing is clear, however, ice chewing is one of the worst things your teeth can tolerate. It can lead to sensitivity, enamel wear and breaking of fillings and other restorative work. If you have anemia and suffer from anemia consult your dentist for treatment and advice.
Iman Sadri, D.D.S. is the founder of The Persian Observer and LA Smile Magazine.