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Cheek Biting: Causes, Effects, and How to Stop

Posted on 2/7/2022 by Henricksen Family Dental
Cheek Biting: Causes, Effects, and How to StopDo you have a habit of biting your cheeks? If so, don't worry - you're not alone! In fact, cheek biting is a pretty common habit. What are the causes and effects of this behavior? More importantly, how can you stop biting your cheeks? Read on to find out!

What is cheek biting and why do people do it?

Cheek biting is the act of biting down on the cheeks, usually unconsciously. There are several reasons why people might bite their cheeks - from stress and anxiety to boredom or habit.

Some people find that they bite their cheeks when they're feeling anxious or stressed. This can be a way of coping with those feelings, as it can help to release some of the tension. However, cheek biting can also lead to further stress and anxiety if it becomes a habit.

The effects of cheek biting on both physical and mental health

Cheek biting can have several adverse effects on both physical and mental health. On the physical side, cheek biting can cause pain, swelling, and bruising of the cheeks. It can also lead to infections if the skin is broken. In severe cases, it can even damage the teeth!

On the mental side, cheek biting can be a sign of underlying stress or anxiety. It can also be a way of coping with those feelings. However, if it becomes a habit, it can lead to further stress and anxiety.

If you're concerned about your cheek-biting habit, it's important to talk to a doctor or therapist. They will be able to help you understand the causes and effects of your behavior and suggest ways to stop biting your cheeks.

How to stop cheek biting for good

If you're ready to stop biting your cheeks, there are a few things you can do to help. First, it's crucial to identify the triggers that cause you to bite your cheeks. Once you know what those triggers are, you can avoid them.

Next, it's important to find other ways of coping with stress and anxiety. This might include exercise, relaxation techniques, or talking to a therapist.

Finally, it's important to be patient with yourself. Cheek biting is a habit that takes time to break. But with perseverance and support, you can overcome this challenge and live a life free from cheek biting! For more information, please see us, and we will be glad to be of assistance.

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