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You may think biting your nails only affects your nails, but did you know that chewing your nails can actually damage your teeth? Fortunately, your nails can grow back, but the damage to your teeth may need professional help before it can be reversed.

Your nails are the dirtiest part of your hands and are actually one of the dirtiest parts of your entire body. Biting your nails invites bad bacteria into your mouth, which can promote bacteria growth. Furthermore, nail biters also tend to have uneven wear on their teeth and are at risk for microfractures.

There are other issues you may have to cope with if you bite your nails. For instance, did you know that nail biting could lead to TMJ disorder and even bruxism? Both of these issues can cause a number of problems that will need attention if you’re interested in restoring your teeth to their ideal functionality. Furthermore, if you bite your nails, you could be training your body to grind your teeth during stressful times. Similarly, severe nail biting can lead to jaw clenching–which can ultimately lead to painful TMJ disorder.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help stop biting your nails. For instance, stress management can help. Similarly, if you keep your nails shorter you may have a harder time biting your teeth. A manicure may also help because the expense may dissuade you from chewing.

If you bite your nails and are interested in learning more about your options, please don’t hesitate to contact Ventana Family Dentistry at 623-566-1200. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and will be happy to help you keep your mouth healthy. Dr. Craig Thompson and our team are excited to hear from you.