Not only can nail-biting be a difficult habit to break, but it can also be bad for your dental health. Nail biting leaves your fingertips red, swollen, and painful and it can also cause the teeth to become cracked or fractured. Additionally, people who bite their nails are more likely to suffer from bruxism, which is the unintentional grinding and clenching of the teeth during sleep. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to gum recession, headaches, jaw dislocation, and even tooth loss.
Nail biting can be the result of stress or anxiety and you should do all you can to break this habit. There are a few ways to help yourself kick the habit including the following:
No matter the cause of your nail-biting habit, it’s definitely one you should try to quit. If your child bites his or her fingernails and you’d like to schedule an appointment at our office, please contact Little Smiles of Delaware today. Our child’s dental office is located here in Delaware, Ohio.