You might not really think too much about your nail biting. This is particularly true if you have done it for a long time and it’s often something you’re barely even aware of! When nibbling on your nails is a habit in your life, however, our Conroe, TX team wants you to keep in mind that it’s always better to do what you can to curtail it, both for your overall health and your oral health, too! What’s the underlying problem, you wonder, that has us concerned for your teeth, gums, and more? Actually, there are many of them! Let’s explore.
You’re Ingesting Lots Of Germs!
Ooh, yuck! If you’re participating in nail biting, then we hate to break it to you, but you’re eating the germs you picked up when you touched that door handle, countertop, shopping cart, and anything else that came your way! While washing your hands is helpful, remember that unless you’re using a nail brush and really scrubbing, there are quite a lot of germs that gather beneath your nails. It’s always to your advantage to avoid this habit!
You Could Damage Your Gums
All it takes is daily abrasion or one false move to really irritate or injure your gum tissue. Of course, one of your oral health goals is to keep your gum tissue as healthy as possible, along with the rest of your smile! So, do your best to limit or stop your nail biting altogether, and you can stop worrying about accidentally hurting your gingiva!
You May Harm Your Teeth
It may come as a bit of a shock, especially if you don’t have the hardest of nails, but if you are nail biting, then you really are putting your teeth at risk of damage. You may end up with chips or even cracks, which will then require dental care in order to fix them. Why not avoid this altogether, so you can keep teeth intact?
Your TMJs Will Not Benefit
Wiggling your jaw back and forth, back and forth in order to bite your nails can lead to some serious exhaustion for your TMJs, which can contribute to or even cause TMJ disorder. Stop the biting, so you can give jaw joints a rest. This goes for bruxism, too!
See Us For TMJ And Bruxism Treatment
Address your bruxism, TMJ disorder, and other concerns with our team, so you can get back to comfortable daily life and optimal oral health. Remember to take our tips to heart, as well, for best improvement. Come in for a visit in Conroe, TX by scheduling a visit with the Dental Centre of Conroe by calling (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe and the neighboring communities.