Are you someone who is known as a chronic nail biter? If so, you might spend some serious time (possibly more than you realize) chewing on your nails. This isn’t a habit we suggest that you do something about just because we want your hands to look nice (though that is certainly a good motivating factor). Instead, it’s because the habit can actually take a toll on your oral health. Learn more about this with a quick quiz.
Quiz Questions: True or False?
- True or False: When you engage in fingernail biting, you might be making an existing case of bruxism or TMJ disorder worse.
- True or False: Biting your nails is definitely a problem for your oral health but not for your overall health.
- True or False: You’re probably not going to actually do anything to injure your teeth and gums when you chew on your fingernails but it’s still a good idea to stop.
- True. Limiting your chewing action throughout the day and the pressure you put on your jaw joints is key to helping relieve your bruxism or TMJ disorder. This means that biting your nails can make matters worse for your oral health.
- False. Think about all of the things your hands come into contact with on a daily basis that may be covered in germs. Biting those nails of yours gives bacteria, viruses, and more easy entrance into your body.
- False. Unfortunately, all sorts of problems may develop, such as erosion, gum recession, and more.
Avoid Accidental Damage By Skipping The Nail Biting
Ask us all of your questions about protecting your oral health when you come in to see us for a dental checkup and cleaning. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.