Constantly craving ice cubes or iced drinks? You could possibly have pagophagia, a disorder that is characterized by a compulsive desire to consume ice and icy beverages and foods. It is a form of pica.
Chewing ice, apart from potentially damaging your teeth and making them more susceptible to dental cavities, isn’t harmful. However, the two main problems associated with pagophagia, iron-deficiency anemia and mental health disorders, most certainly can be.
Severe anemia can increase the risk of infections, cause growth issues during pregnancy and childhood, and even lead to heart problems. Mental health conditions like panic disorder, OCD, and PTSD can cause a variety of ailments and significantly impair quality of life.