Tips For Curing Nail Biting Habit

Tips For Curing Nail Biting Habit
Posted on 03/21/2017

At Heller Orthodontics, it’s our aim to provide you with the best in orthodontics, from braces to Invisalign, in order to assist you in attaining the perfect smile. As your trusted Bethesda and Laurel orthodontist, we want to help you with all aspects of your smile, including the removal of bad oral habits such as nail and cuticle biting.

Nail biting is a common habit for many people – and one that can lead to bruxism, the unintentional grinding of the teeth. This can cause receding gums, tooth sensitivity, facial pain, and even the loss of teeth. It’s important to try to eliminate this habit before any lasting damage occurs so we’re glad to offer a few different ways that you can cure a pesky nail biting habit. Biting of cuticles can lead to infections and sore fingers.

Regularly Trim Your Nails

When your nails are cut short, it’ll be much more difficult to bite your nails. Make a committed effort to keeping them trimmed so that you won’t be able to bite the nails that you don’t have.

Professional Manicures

Just like your teeth, when you make a financial investment in your nails, you are more likely to take good care of them. A manicure will also make sure you cuticles are cared for and healthy.

Wear Gloves

Just like with trimming your nails, when you’re wearing gloves, you’ll find it pretty hard to get to your nails. Alternatively, you can always try wearing bandages on your fingers or another method that may restrict your ability to get to your fingernails.

Lessen Your Stress

Biting your nails is typically done when a person is under stress. By lessening your stress, you will reduce the likelihood that you’ll start biting your nails. Even if you can’t figure out what’s stressing you or how to stop it from stressing you, you can always reduce your stress in other ways. Try meditation, yoga, or deep breathing techniques in order to calm yourself down.

Contact Your Laurel and Bethesda Orthodontist Today!

If you’re looking for orthodontics in Laurel and Bethesda, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form to schedule an appointment with us. Alternatively, you can give us a call at one of our three convenient locations. Our Bethesda office phone number is (301) 654-5433, our Laurel office phone number is (301) 490-2882, Please feel free to contact us if you have any comments or questions. We hope to hear from you soon and help give you the perfect smile!