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Ice Chewing And Your Teeth

We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of.  The dental team at Route 66 Smiles in Yukon wants all Oklahoma City residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!

Why should I stop chewing ice?

Ice is hard. So hard, in fact, that pitting it against your teeth regularly will most certainly result in damage to your enamel. If you have pagophagia (the fancy name for ice cravings), it’s likely that Dr. Bryan Kariya and Dr. Ray Tate will need to perform enamel restoration treatments, which are pricey and can be quite uncomfortable.

However, that is not the most pressing reason to be aware of an ice chewing habit. Recent research indicates that pagophagia may actually be a sign of anemia (a lack of iron in the blood), which can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Scientists aren’t sure exactly why the link exists, but they suspect it may be due to the oral inflammation caused by anemia. Such inflammation could conceivably spark an urge to seek relief in the form of ice.

Is ice chewing really a ‘thing’?

It definitely is. Hardcore ice enthusiasts keep ice by their side all day long, and may even put away multiple pounds of the stuff each day. If you still think this is doubtful, check it out online and you will find that there is an entire community of ice lovers and ice-chewing websites. What? Yes, really.

Why am I having ice cravings?

With a simple blood test, your doctor can tell you if you are an anemic ice chewer seeking the soothing cold of a good ice cube. And if you are, don’t panic! Anemia is easily treatable with daily iron supplements.

Once you have that taken care of, come see Dr. Bryan Kariya and Dr. Ray Tate for a check-up and we’ll take care of any enamel damage that your ice chewing may have caused. If you have questions, call us at Route 66 Smiles in Yukon at 405-494-7227. And remember to order that drink WITHOUT ice next time!



Porcelain Veneers in Yukon

Considering porcelain veneers in Yukon?

Porcelain veneers in Yukon are proven to improve your self-confidence and directly influence your overall happiness and your feelings of wellbeing. Feeling good about yourself and your appearance can enhance your professional and personal relationships. On the other hand, feeling self-conscious or embarrassed about what you think is a flaw in your appearance can have a negative effect on how you present yourself to the world. To be specific, feeling that you have an unattractive smile can be detrimental to your confidence.

VIP dental can help restore your confidence and improve your smile’s appearance with porcelain veneers. Used for the past 30 years, this dental technique can correct noticeable flaws such as chips, cracks, stains/discolorations and unevenness between teeth. Porcelain veneers may simply revitalize teeth that look old or worn-down.

Veneer techniques and materials are continually changing, but relatively few dentists have truly mastered the treatment.  VIP dental happens to be a part of an elite group of dentists who have mastered veneer techniques. Their work is superb due to active involvement with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, their related professional endeavors, and passion for dental aesthetics.

How Are Porcelain Veneers Placed?

Each individual has a unique look and unique qualities that should be taken into consideration during the veneer planning and placement process. To achieve the most natural and beautiful results, Fortunately, it is often possible to do temporary bonding to see how permanent veneers will enhance your smile. This is a great way to decide if veneers would be right for you.

Before having the veneers permanently bonded to your teeth, your teeth are shaped and prepared.  Our dentists will place temporary veneers while the permanent set is being crafted by one of the skilled ceramists. Wearing the temporary veneers is a great way to “test-drive” your new smile and garner feedback. There might be a subtle nuance or detail that you’d like him to take into account before placing your permanent veneers. Once your customized veneers are ready, the temporary set will be removed and the permanent set will be bonded into place.

A More Beautiful Smile

Once your veneers have been placed, your beautiful smile will gratify you. If you were self-conscious about your teeth before the procedure, you will now enjoy renewed confidence and increased self-esteem. Imagine how your life will change once you feel better about your smile. Your business and personal relationships may improve. You will feel more confident in social situations. Remarkably, the smallest changes on your outside can have a significant impact on your inside for many years to come. With the proper care, veneers should last for 10 to 15 years.

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