Of the many nervous habits, biting your nails is one of the worst for your oral health! Next time you find yourself tempted to chomp down on your nails, consider the following:
- Nail biting can wear down your teeth over time, causing enamel wear and uneven biting surfaces. Biting your nails puts stress on your front teeth, which can cause them to become misaligned.
- Nail biting is bad for your jaw too. It can contribute to TMJ, which causes jaw pain, headaches, and locking of the jaw. Also, according to researchers, people who bite their nails are at greater risk for bruxism – the unintentional grinding or clenching of the teeth.
- Beyond the effects on your teeth and jaw, there are also sanitary issues. Your hands are one of the most germ-filled areas of your body. When you bite your nails, you are exposing yourself to illness causing germs that transfer from your hands to your mouth.
- Need one more reason to stop biting your nails? Money. Additional dental bills accumulated in your lifetime could add up to an average of $4000 coming out of your pocket.
Next time you have the urge to use your teeth as clippers, think twice!
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