Does Nail Biting Affect Teeth?

Smile Workshop is a family dental office that helps patients achieve positive oral health through dental visits and continual oral hygiene education. We are a full-service dental practice that can help your entire family with any dental need. Smile Workshop is dedicated to helping children with dental problems and other oral health issues. Come see us if you have a problem that is affecting your teeth.

Do you bite your nails? What about your family, is there a certain member who can’t keep his or her hands out of their mouth? Nail biting is very common—especially with children. The most common reasons people bite their nails are because of stress and anxiety, however, some people do it habitually.

Smile Workshop and the American Dental Association recommend stopping all nail biting. The longer your child bites his or her nails, the harder it’s going to be for them to quit later in life. Biting your nails isn’t just a nasty habit; it can also affect your teeth!

Constantly biting your nails can lead to cracked teeth, wear down enamel and cut your gums. Biting your nails causes the nail to become jagged and sharp. When you put your freshly bitten nails into your mouth you risk cutting your gums with your nails. It doesn’t end there.

You are constantly touching objects with harmful bacteria and germs on them throughout your day. Putting dirty hands in your mouth increases the risk of an infection that can affect other parts of your body.

Stop biting your nails! Call your local Smile Workshop today to schedule dental cleanings for your entire family. We have eight locations in Texas (Dallas, Cedar Hill, Timber Creek, Denton, Balch Springs, Hurst, San Antonio and Amarillo). We can help you and your family achieve better oral health.

-Smile Workshop