Having good oral hygiene is more than brushing and flossing your teeth. You can follow all the practices and keep up on regular office visits for cleanings and exams and still have poor oral hygiene. Part of that maybe something as silly as biting your fingernails.
I can't imagine you wash your hands each time before you start your impulse. Biting your fingernails not only tells people you may be stressed out and have a lot going on, it can also make people feel uncomfortable that you're putting fingers in your mouth. There are lots of reasons to try to break the habit.
How Does Biting Your Fingernails Hurt Your Teeth?You do a lot with your hands. You handle things that other people touch, and they may not be as clean as you are. There is more to it than that. Biting your fingernails can spread bacteria from your hands to your mouth. It can also cause structural damage to your mouth.
When you bite your fingernails, you are biting down on something hard. This can cause wear on your front teeth and even chip them. It can cause soreness in the muscles in your mouth or jaw.
If started at a young age, it can cause a gap in your teeth. Believe it or not it can cause the roots to become weaker, which can lead to loss of teeth. Biting your fingernails can even lead to gingivitis.
If you have braces, it's even worse. You already have a lot of extra stress on your teeth to get them in place, biting your nails will just add that much more to it. Even without braces it can make your teeth move from their designated spots.
We want to make sure your pearly whites stay perfectly healthy. Don't be ashamed, it is a bad habit for about half the people out there. Whether it's a nervous habit or a stress reliever, there is helpful tricks out there to help you quit the habit.
You may want to start by putting on a nail polish since you probably won't enjoy the taste of it. Don't worry guys, they do sell clear polish if you want to try it without making a fashion statement.
We want to make sure you stay happy and healthy, so please give us a call to go over some other options to help you quit. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day for good overall oral hygiene, and come see us every six months for cleanings and exams so we can keep you at your best. We hope to see you soon.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (210) 408-7999 today.