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Do you know anyone who bites their nails? Many people bite their nails habitually, whether because of boredom, nerves, or any number of other triggers. Many people simply consider this a bad habit, but did you know that chewing your nails could actually damage your teeth? While you might not expect serious damage, you may actually need to visit a dentist to restore your teeth to their full health.

Your nails are the dirtiest part of your hands and are actually one of the dirtiest parts of your entire body. Biting your nails invites bad bacteria into your mouth, which can promote bacteria growth. Furthermore, nail biters also tend to have uneven wear on their teeth and are at risk for microfractures.

Nail biting can also lead to other serious issues, such as bruxism and TMJ disorder. In fact, if you bite your nails, you could be training your body to grind your teeth during stressful times. Similarly, severe nail biting can lead to jaw clenching, which can ultimately lead to painful TMJ disorder.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help stop biting your nails. For instance, stress management can help. Similarly, if you keep your nails shorter you may have a harder time biting your teeth. A manicure may also help because the expense may dissuade you from chewing.

If you bite your nails and are interested in learning more about your options, please don’t hesitate to contact Eli Lawrence, DDS at 312-236-9895. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and will be happy to help you keep your mouth healthy. Dr. Eli J. Lawrence and our team are excited to hear from you.