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Do you think you may have a damaging dental habit? Don’t worry; we at Dr. Michael Hollingsworth‘s office know you can beat it. That’s why we’ve created this short guide with tips to get you started on the road to recovery. Here we’ll cover three harmful habits that hurt your teeth:

Biting Your Nails: When you bite your nails, you don’t just ruin your manicure. You are actually slowly wearing down your front teeth and even risking cracks or chips if the habit is prolonged. To stop this bad habit, try wearing bad-tasting nail polish. There are several brands to choose from, whether at beauty stores or online. If that doesn’t work, you may also consider getting a mouth guard to wear – just until you curb the habit.

Chewing On Your Pen: This seemingly harmless habit can lead to dental stress fractures and irritated chewing muscles. To quit, try using pens or pencils that are less fun to chew – like mechanical pencils or metal pens. You can also find a hard covering to place over pens or pencils or wrap tape around the top of them. If none of those things work, try coating them in bad-tasting nail polish.

Grinding Your Teeth: Grinding or clenching your teeth can cause permanent damage to your jaw muscles and joints. This is often done unconsciously, so you’ll need outside help to stop. Dr. Michael Hollingsworth can help reverse this problem by fitting you with a custom night guard and provide other tips on how to conquer this habit.

Whatever damaging dental habit you may have acquired, Dr. Michael Hollingsworth in St. Joseph, Missouri is here to support you. Simply call 816.232.8788 to book an appointment.