There are many reasons to stop biting your nails. It’s unsanitary, visually displeasing, and it makes your nails jagged and sharp. For some people, these reasons aren’t enough to kick the habit. If you’re one of those people, here’s another symptom you may want to consider: nail-biting can cause serious damage to your teeth.
It probably won’t come as a surprise that nail-biting can chip or crack your teeth. Even if your fingernails aren’t hard enough to cause damage with one bite, they will weaken the tooth over time, making it more vulnerable to chipping or cracking.
In addition to chips and cracks, people who bite their nails are more prone to developing bruxism, which is the unintentional grinding of one’s teeth. Those who grind and clench their teeth will wear away tooth enamel, resulting in tooth sensitivity.
Another problem nail-biters develop is damaged gum tissue caused by the sharp and jagged edges of their fingernails. This allows bacteria to spread from your nail bed straight to your bloodstream, which puts you at risk for infection.
So, if you’re one of those people who can’t stop biting their nails, follow these tips on how to kick the habit. If it persists, speak to your dentist about possible therapeutic techniques.
– Wear nail polish
– Wear a mouthguard
– Reduce your Stress