Bad habits such as not making the bed, or leaving your laundry on the floor are can annoy some people, but, fortunately, aren’t detrimental to your health. On the other hand, would you be surprised to learn that nail biting can lead to problems with your teeth, but can also cause other issues?
You see, nails are usually the dirtiest part of a person’s hand. As such, they tend to be filled with germs and bacteria. If this bacteria gets into your mouth, you’ll be more likely to deal with plaque buildup and tooth decay. Similarly, continually biting your nails can eventually wear down your teeth or cause mini fractures.
Similarly, nail biting can promote bruxism, which can also be caused by anxiety or stress. Bruxism, which is also referred to as teeth grinding, can lead to a number of problems. For instance, bruxism can lead to shifting or dislodged teeth, frequent headaches, and can even cause problems with your jaw.
Fortunately, if you bite your nails habitually, there are a few things you can do to stop. Nail biting can often be brought on by stressful situations, therefore learning to manage your stress will help. Similarly, if you cut your nails short enough that they are difficult to bite, you’ll be less likely to do so reflexively. Lastly, if you spend money on yourself by getting a manicure, you are also less likely to bite them.
If you bite your nails, we recommend visiting our dentist, Dr. Damon Wright for a checkup. Our team will be able to assess the damage and help you come up with a plan for your unique situation. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, please feel free to contact Wright Family Dentistry at 870.932.2300.