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Nail biting is a common habit that is usually triggered by stress and tension. While it reassures us somewhat, it hides the risk of certain health problems. Here’s what to keep in mind.
- The chemical composition of saliva can irritate and damage the skin on your fingertips if you regularly put them in the mouth to gnaw your nails. Saliva can corrode the skin of the fingers.
Deformation of nails
- Nails have a layer called “matrix”, where begins the nail growth and you can gnaw the injuries. As a result, this can lead to deformation or ingrown nails.
- When removing a large part of the nail, the nail bed is exposed to bacteria and pathogens in our mouth.
- This can lead to infection. Paronychia is the most common type and is characterized by swelling, pain, redness and pus lumps.
- Our hands come into contact with various contaminants that fall under the nails. Thus, when they are put in the mouth, we run the risk of a variety of conditions – from the common cold to gastric infection.
Crooked teeth and gingivitis
- Chronic nail-biting can damage the pockets that maintain the roots of teeth, which can lead to distortion them.