The Impact of Nail Biting on Your Teeth

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You probably know that there are several things you should do if you’re interested in keeping your teeth healthy and strong. For instance, you may know that you should brush your teeth for two minutes at a time. You also know that you should floss at least once every day. Still, there are things you shouldn’t do. In fact, did you know that chewing your nails is one thing you should avoid? Similarly, chewing gum could damage your teeth.

Sadly, if you chew your nails, you’ll be introducing your mouth to the bacteria and germs beneath your teeth. To make matters worse, your nails are one of the dirtiest parts of your body, meaning you’ll be introducing your mouth to several germs. Similarly, chewing your nails could damage your teeth, leading to chips, cracks, or fractures. You could also wear down your teeth, which might eventually lead to teeth grinding, headaches, and damage to your jaw. Fortunately, if you’d like to protect your teeth, there are several things you can consider doing.

Conversely, chewing gum could be beneficial or detrimental to the health of your teeth. You see, chewing gum can promote saliva flow. This is important because saliva can neutralize acids in your mouth and carry bacteria and plaque away from your teeth. However, if you have bruxism, chewing gum could make it worse. Similarly, if you use a gum with sugar in it, you could damage your teeth.

To learn more about the benefits of chewing gum or chewing your nails in Houston, Texas, please don’t hesitate to contact Midtown Dental at 713-481-5693. Our dentist, Dr. R. Nab, and the rest of our team will be glad to address any of your concerns. We’re eager to receive your call!