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Why Biting Nails Is Bad for the Teeth


Posted on 12/7/2020 by Henricksen Family Dental
Why Biting Nails Is Bad for the TeethIf you want to preserve your smile, you should not bite your nails. Nail biting is a bad habit, which usually results from nerves or stress. Therefore, don't bite your nails when you feel under pressure. Find a healthier way to cope instead.

What Happens to Teeth If You Bite Your Nails Too Often


If you bite your nails, chew on pencils, or crunch on ice, you increase the risk that you could chip or crack a tooth. Therefore, you should refrain from this type of habit. This type of practice also increases your risk of developing a condition called bruxism. Bruxism happens when you grind or clench your teeth unintentionally. It often occurs at night when a patient is sleeping. The condition can trigger facial pain, headaches, and tooth sensitivity. A jagged fingernail, which results from nail biting, can also injure or tear the gum tissue. In addition, you must consider the fact that your hand is full of germs - germs that can also enter your mouth and lead to a gingival infection or illness.

What Can I Do to Stop Biting My Nails?


To stop biting your nails, you might think about cutting them down so they are difficult to bite. It also helps to add a nail polish to them. Some over-the-counter products are sold that are bitter-tasting and meant to stop nail biting as well. In addition, you may switch out the habit by squeezing a stress ball or chewing a sugarless gum containing xylitol. Doing so will prevent dental complications as well as any issues with your health overall. Biting your nails can hurt your teeth and make you sick. Therefore, do what you can to avoid this type of habit.

Do you bite your nails? Has it affected your smile? If you have chipped or cracked teeth, we can help you improve the health and looks of your teeth. Give us a call today to arrange a dental consultation.

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