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If nail-biting is a problem for you, it is important to know that that it can damage your teeth. Luckily, there are many things that can help you quit biting your nails so that your smile can stay in tip-top shape. Nail biting can damage tooth enamel and chip or fragment teeth as well. It can eve have an adverse effect on your bite if it is left to go on for too long.

Here at Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC in Poughkeepsie, New York, we understand that there are many unhealthy habits are not good for your oral teeth, but nail-biting is one that can be easily managed. Our dentist, Dr. Mark L. Pitel, is here to help you break the habit and provide you with tips on just what to do.

Some things to try if you’re trying to stop biting your nails:

– Bitter-tasting nail polishes: Sometimes a nail-biting habit is so deeply ingrained, that you may not even that you are doing it. Therefore, bitter-tasting nail polish can be a great option, because it helps you realize you are biting and the taste will discourage you from doing it.

– Stress reduction: Often, a nail-biting habit stems from stress and increases in severity as you allow yourself to become more stressed. Reducing stress will be helpful in all areas of your life, so find some methods that stress relieving for you.

– Do something to keep your hands busy: A nail-biting habit may simply come from the need to be doing something with your hands. If you find that you are the kind of person that always has to have your hands busy doing something, then it may be a good idea to begin using a stress ball or playing with silly putty in order to busy your hands when you have the urge to bite your nails.

– Keep your nails trimmed short: This will make nail-biting tempting because there will be little to bite at all.

– Get regular manicures: Regularly spending money on the upkeep of your nails may deter you from biting them.

If you are finding it hard to ditch a nail-biting habit, then some of the ideas listed above may be able to help you. If you are worried that your nail-biting habit has damaged your teeth or will do so in the future, call us at 845-454-0790 to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly staff.