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Biting your nails can be a hard habit to break.  If you don’t break it, your dental health may suffer a whole lot more than your manicure!  Best Family Dentist Near Me Fairhope AL

#downbythebay According to the Academy of General Dentistry, children or adults that bite their nails can crack, chip or wear down the front teeth from all the stress of biting.  If braces are worn, the teeth are even at a greater risk for root resorption (shortening of the roots) or tooth loss.  Braces put an increased pressure on the teeth.  

There was a study published in the Journal of General Dentistry that said patients who bite their fingernails, chew on pencils or clench their teeth may be more at risk for bruxism (grinding or clenching that causes facial pan, headaches, tooth sensitivity, tooth loss and recessed gums). 

Some signs of bruxism can include flat looking tips on the teeth, enamel has been worn off, extreme sensitivity, indents on the tongue, and popping or clicking of the jaw. Best Family Dentist Near Me Fairhope AL

Some other dental health risks for someone who bites their nails includes sore, torn or damaged gum tissue.  This happens because of jagged sharp fingernail edges.  Bacteria also can spread from other body parts into the mouth and then from the mouth to the nail bed or bloodstream. #sweetwaterdentist

Wearing a mouthguard can help with nail biting and prevent further damage to the teeth.  Dentists can also give some therapy techniques like learning to rest the tongue upward with the teeth apart and lips shut to avoid any tooth damage. Best Family Dentist Near Me Fairhope AL

 

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