Nibbled fingernails and cracked skin around the fingertip. Many are familiar with the annoying habit of Nail-Biting. These tips will help you stop.
It’s mainly children who chew nails. Almost every third child is affected, with an estimated 45 per cent of adolescents.
As a rule, this habit is harmless and grows again as you grow up. In some instances, the vice remains. About 15 per cent of adults nibble on their nails, horny fingertips, or tear off the cuticles with their teeth.
Doctors call this behaviour onychophagia. If the nails are only chewed from time to time, it is above all a cosmetic problem, gnawed fingernails and torn off skin quickly look neglected. Nail-biting can also happen frequently and in an uncontrolled manner. In such a case, complications and health problems can arise.
Excessive nail biting can lead to permanent damage to the nail and cuticles to nail bed and gum infections, as well as tooth problems and misaligned teeth.
Also, the symptoms of masticatory muscles or the temporomandibular joint have chances to occur.
The excellent news: nail-biting is a habit, and you can get used to it again. Various tips can help with light nail-biting:
With forceful nail-biting, where these tips do not help, it is worthwhile to seek professional help. Especially if nail chewing is related to a psychological problem, then it should be treated.
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