Nail biting can be a very tough habit to break. It can leave your fingertips and nail beds swollen, red, and painful, but it’s also quite damaging to your dental health. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, people who have a habit of biting their nails are more likely to suffer from bruxism, which is the unintentional and unconscious grinding and clenching of teeth, usually during sleep. Bruxism can cause tooth sensitivity, gum recession, headaches, and eventually the loss of teeth.
Nail biting is often a result of anxiety or stress and it’s a habit that you should do your best to break. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to help yourself stop biting your fingernails and help improve your dental health.
No matter the cause of your nail-biting habit, it’s one you should definitely try to quit for the sake of both your emotional and oral health. If you bite your nails and are concerned about the effect it could have on your dental health, please make an appointment at Severance Dental located here in Severance, Colorado.
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