Nail biting is a common habit that many people struggle with, but it can have negative consequences for both your health and appearance. The act of biting your nails can introduce harmful germs into your body and potentially damage your digestive system. It can also lead to infections, pain, and swelling in the nails and cuticles. Additionally, excessive nail biting can put pressure on your front teeth, causing cracks or chips.
Breaking the habit of nail biting can be challenging, but with effort and focus, it is possible. Here are some strategies to help you stop:
Keep your nails short so there's nothing to bite.
Apply a bitter-tasting nail polish to discourage biting.
Cover your nails with tape or press-on nails.
Get a manicure to make you more invested in the appearance of your nails.
Practice stress-busting activities like chewing gum or identifying and reducing stressors.
You can either try to stop gradually or go cold turkey. If one approach doesn't work, try the other. You may also try breaking the habit by quitting one thumb first and then gradually quitting the rest.
If you're concerned about the impact of nail biting on your teeth, consult with us today. They will be able to provide guidance on any further action that may be necessary. With effort and persistence, you can break the habit of nail biting and improve your overall health and appearance.
Dental Associates of West Michigan