You know very well that lukewarm water or cool water is perfectly safe for your smile. More than that, it’s good for your smile because it allows you to keep your tissues hydrated (this helps you avoid dry mouth). It also flushes bad stuff away, such as pieces of food left on your teeth from eating and bacteria. Since it has a neutral pH value, it won’t cause erosion. It’s and all-around good plan for your smile. However, your Temecula dentist wants to talk about water when it’s very hot or extremely cold (ice) and why these can present problems you may have assumed didn’t exist!

The Problems With Ice

Lukewarm and chilly water? Not a problem. However, ice can become a serious problem for your smile! Your Temecula dentist explains that there are some serious issues that may occur if you’re not careful. Keep the following in mind, whether you like ice as a snack of if you happen to enjoy it in your drinks:

  • Trying to break an ice cube with your teeth can lead to a cracked tooth
  • Chewing on ice pieces (like crushed ice) can wear down tooth enamel
  • Consistently eating ice might mean you need to see your doctor (it can signal an underlying iron deficiency)
  • Chewing ice can damage dental work or orthodontic treatments

When Hot Water Becomes Serious

Now, let’s talk about the problem with hot water. You know, of course, that if you drink water that’s way too hot for you, it’s going to burn you. Beyond this detail, your Temecula dentist wants you to remember the following information:

  • Water that’s too hot can dry out your oral tissues, temporarily leaving you with a dry mouth
  • Water that’s very hot can damage clear aligner trays
  • Hot water can cause full or partial dentures to warp, so you should keep them away from hot water

Remember To Protect Your Smile With Our Knowledge

As you’re on your journey toward learning everything you can to keep your smile in good health, we encourage you to make stops at our practice twice annually for checkups, during which you can ask for advice. Give us a call in Temecula, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.