Have you ever chewed on your nails? Do you know anyone who does? If you do, we aren’t surprised– especially if you thought of a child or teenager. In fact, about 60% of children bite their nails while nearly 45% of teenagers do the same. Fortunately, nail biting does become less common as we age, but some individuals still bite their nails without even realizing what they’re doing.
Typically, stress, boredom, and anxiety trigger nail-biting. Others may chew their nails when they are frustrated or lonely. Similarly, while you may know that biting your nails is bad for your fingers–as it can leave your fingers and nails sore and infected–did you know that biting your nails will introduce bacteria and germs into your mouth? From there, if you have gum disease, the bacteria can enter your bloodstream and lead to a variety of other health issues.
However, there can be other repercussion. For instance, did you know that if you bite your nails, you could wear down your teeth and ultimately have an uneven bite? Similarly, you might be surprised to know that if you chew your nails, your tooth could fracture.
Still, there are quite a few things you can do to overcome nail biting. For instance, if you spend money on your nails, you’ll be less likely to bite them. Similarly, if you paint your nails, the flavor of your polish may act as a deterrent. This means getting a manicure can actually help you protect your teeth and keep yourself healthier.
Do you have more questions about what you can do to break the habit? Are you worried about the state of your teeth? Would you like to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, Dr. Tetting or Dr. Tetting? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S. a call at 920.739.9612. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.