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Bad habits such as not making the bed, or leaving your laundry on the floor are can annoy some people, but, fortunately, aren’t detrimental to your health. On the other hand, would you be surprised to learn that nail biting can lead to problems with your teeth, but can also cause other issues?

You see, nails are usually the dirtiest part of a person’s hand. As such, they tend to be filled with germs and bacteria. If this bacteria gets into your mouth, you’ll be more likely to deal with plaque buildup and tooth decay. Similarly, continually biting your nails can eventually wear down your teeth or cause mini-fractures.

Biting your nails can also cause other issues that are harder to deal with. It can cause bruxism, which is also referred to as teeth grinding. This, in turn, can lead to other issues. For instance, bruxism can cause your teeth to shift or to dislodge, can cause headaches, and can even cause problems with your jaw itself.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to stop nail biting. For instance, since nail biting is often brought on by stressful situations, learning to manage stress may be helpful. Similarly, if you keep your nails short and trimmed, you may have a harder time biting your nails—meaning you’ll be less likely to chew reflexively. Finally, if you spend a little money on your nails, you will also be less likely to bite them.

If you bite your nails, we recommend visiting our dentist, Dr. Matthew Tuft for a checkup. Our team will be able to assess the damage and help you come up with a plan for your unique situation. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, please feel free to contact Copperstone Dental at 208•376•5499.