|Courtesy of Dental Plans.com|
Dental Plans.com has a great article on the risks you are exposing your health and your teeth to if you persist on biting your nails. The Academy of General Dentistry indicates that people spend thousands of dollars every year to repair damaged teeth from this seemingly innocent nervous habit.
Aside from the damage nail biting causes to your teeth, have you considered the pathogenic microorganisms you introduce into your body every time your finger enters your mouth? Not a pleasant thought. You can cause gum infections, bad breath and compromised health by chewing on your fingernails because the mouth is the gateway to your body.
Nail biting has also been associated with teeth shifting, TMJ, overbites or gaps between the teeth as well causing surface damage, even breakage. Repairing any one of these conditions is costly.
Dental Plans.com lists some simple steps you or a loved one can apply to break that finger nibbling habit. They include:
We encourage you to make a serious commitment to your oral and physical health by putting a stop to nail biting. While it may appear as something small and insignificant, nail biting can turn into large medical bills down the road.
If you have any questions about nail biting, or if you are concerned about your own teeth, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We would be happy to visit with you about this topic further.
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