Biting Your Nails May Be Damaging Your Teeth

Nail-biting is a habit that can cause damage to the teeth, requiring treatment from your dentist. Sometimes caused by anxiety, finding ways to break the habit can help improve your oral health.

Key takeaways:

  • A nail-biting habit can erode the enamel on your teeth or cause then to shift or even fracture.
  • Regular nail biting can put extra stress on the jaw joint and may lead to pain or joint disorders.
  • Your mouth and gums are exposed to more bacteria of different types than usual when you bite your nails.

Nail-biting also exposes people to more bacteria that could cause both oral and systemic infections, including E. coli.

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