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Do you consider nail biting rude? Do you think it should be something generally avoided in public? Or do you ever find yourself biting your nails? Perhaps one of your loved ones engage in the habit and it doesn’t bother you. Regardless of your personal opinion on nail biting, did you know that chewing your nails could actually damage your teeth?

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.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to break the nail biting habit. For example, try treating yourself to a manicure, keeping your nails short, and using nail polish. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us at 304-342-6162. Dr. Simpson, Dr. Simpson, and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!