Are Biting Nails Bad for Your Dental Health?

Are Biting Nails Bad for Your Dental Health?

Posted by Broadmoor Dental on Mar 11 2022, 04:24 AM

Nail-biting is commonly seen around kids and nearly half of teenagers. Nail-biting could lead to oral health complications apart from nail turns and damage to nail beds.

Fingernails contain lots of infectious bacteria. And while biting those bacteria, fungus and other germs spread to the mouth, causing poor oral health. Biting your nails also increases the chance of formulating bruxism.

How Does It Affect Your Teeth and Gums?

Nail-biting causes considerable damage to both teeth and gums. You might encounter some of these problems if you have the habit of biting nails:

Broken teeth: Constantly biting the nails leads to fracturing of your front teeth. The teeth could also break or fall out from their place. The grinding friction of teeth against the nails damages the enamel.

Gaps and poor occlusion: When you constantly bite your nails, you put pressure on the jaw bone. This causes the teeth to shift from their position. This also leaves gaps in your smile.

Spread of infection and gum disease: There could be a lot of dirt and germs trapped under your fingernails. And every time you bite them, bacteria enter your mouth. This leads to gum disease and the person suffers from gingivitis.

Root resorption: Nail biting causes the jawbone to reabsorb the root. The teeth are more vulnerable to falling out from their place. This causes greater risks to those people who are wearing wire braces.

Bad breath: More bacteria start to grow in the teeth as germs from the fingernails enter the mouth. Those germs and bacteria cause bad breath in people.

Tips to Help Control Nail-Biting

The habit of nail-biting is difficult to break. Following are a few strategies that help to control the habit:

  • Keep the nails neatly trimmed so that you don't have anything to bite.
  • Polish your nail with bitter-tasting nail polish.
  • Find something else to do with your nails when you are stressed or anxious. Playing with a stress ball or fidget spinner or chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol would help.
  • Observe activities that set off to nail-biting and plan to do something different.

Oral hygiene should be given the highest priority. To conquer the habits that threaten your teeth and gums, Broadmoor Dental offers the best treatment. Head over to 1930 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 for more information. Contact us at (719) 576-5566 or visit our website for appointments.

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