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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 probably one of the dirtiest parts of your body—meaning chewing your nails can introduce your smile to a number of bacteria, which can lead to serious problems. Nail biting can also crack your teeth or create microfractures. Similarly, if you chew your nails, your teeth could become uneven, which can also be painful.

Nail biting can also lead to other serious issues, such as bruxism and TMJ disorder. In fact, 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 Dr. Michael Hollingsworth at 816.232.8788. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and will be happy to help you keep your mouth healthy. Dr. Michael Hollingsworth and our team are excited to hear from you.