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5 Ways Your Nail Biting is Harming Your Dental Health

Posted on 5/30/2016 by Dr. Jay
A woman biting her nails causing damage to her teeth.Biting your nails is a pretty awful habit. Besides the fact that it is unsanitary and will leave you with unattractive hands, it can also harm your dental health in several important ways.

You Could Chip Your Teeth

Arguably the biggest reason to stop biting your nails is that you could chip your teeth. Repeated flexing of the enamel occurs when you bite your nails, and the end result could be chipping or fracturing of the enamel.

You Could Experience TMJ Problems

Researchers have found that biting your fingernails could cause problems with the temporomandibular joint, specifically with disk displacement. If you have TMJ pain, your nail biting habit could be the culprit.

The Roots of Your Teeth May Become Weaker

In some cases, biting your nails could lead to root resorption, specifically during orthodontic treatment. In these situations, parts of the roots of the teeth will get dissolved by the bone that surrounds the roots. This causes weakening of the tooth roots.

Nail Biting Can Cause a Gap Between Your Front Teeth

If you've been biting your nails since you were a child, you may have noticed a gap between your front teeth known as a diastama.

You Could Experience Tooth Loss

Some research has shown that tooth loss could even result from the most severe cases of nail biting, so in order to avoid this and other potential problems, it is important that you take steps to try and kick the habit.

If you are concerned that you might be damaging your teeth because of your nail biting, talk to your dentist about ways to stop the habit. Bitter-tasting nail polish and other techniques might be available to help you to quit, and your dentist might also have other tips or tricks that can help you to stop biting before you harm your oral health.

Please contact us if you have any questions about nail biting and your oral health.
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