How Nail Biting Affects Your Teeth

4_2What’s so bad about nail biting? Nail biting is damaging to your teeth and oral health! Nail biting is a common habit across all age groups, including primarily children and young adults, and tends to lessen with age. This detrimental habit is often induced by stress and anxiety. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, biting your nails could crack, or wear down your front teeth.

When you or your child are tempted to bite your nails, consider the following:

  • Biting your nails can lead to a greater risk for bruxism. Sharp fingernails can result in sore and torn gum tissue. Unintended teeth grinding or clenching also creates stress in your oral cavity that can cause facial pain, headaches, tooth sensitivity, and recessed gums.
  • Nail biting can contribute to teeth misalignment. If your child has braces, the additional pressure from nail biting could lead to weakening the roots of their teeth, or even tooth loss!
  • Nail biting is also bad for your jaw. It can contribute to Temporomandibular (TM) disorder, resulting in pain and several problems with jaw movement.
  • Nail biting is unsanitary. Fingernails often carry more dirt and germs than your fingers. Germs and bacteria from underneath your nails can cause infection and sickness that transfer from your hands to your mouth. Bitten fingernails can be sharp, and may cut the gums, allowing bacteria to easily enter the bloodstream.

In order to stop biting your nails, become more conscious of the habit. Inform your child of the unfavorable consequences of nail biting. Also, try keeping your nails trimmed and polished to prevent the temptation. Break the bad habit of nail biting so that your dental health won’t suffer!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help. References:

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