Carmel Dentist Office on Knocking the Nibbling Off

Biting a hardened surface is a definite way to harm your teeth. Due to just genuine human perception, however, not all people may consider a “hard” surface to be the same thing. Today your dentist office serving Carmel will be discussing the harmful impact that biting on one surface in-particular, your fingernails, can have on your oral health.


While it typically is seen as a nervous tick utilized to relieve stress, or even in some instances a form of grooming- nail biting has two levels of harm associated with it.


First, the physical implications can be ranging from absolutely nothing to quite severe. It is not uncommon to hear of people who chronically bite their nails to suffer chipping of the teeth, alignment or structural issues. What may go less heard of is how it can affect you at the microscopic level.


On large, most people touch a great deal of surfaces on a daily basis. A keyboard, doorknob, or handle of a toilet…the list goes on. Consider all of the germs that are on the surfaces that could then end up in your mouth, and then in your system because of nail biting. Sure, chronic hand washing or disinfecting of the hands can help tremendously- but germs are resilient. They can hide in the crevices you never thought of and strike without you even considering them.


On the other end, our mouths are home to a slew of bacteria that is supposed to be exclusively in our mouths. And while some of these can be absolutely harmless or help in processes like digestion, some others can be detrimental if “let out of their cage.” Take, for example, a virus like HPV. It can spread via oral contact and result in warts, infection and worse. Imagine that virus being passed via a cut on the cuticle- or then to another because of the mouth to hand contact. This is just one example, but they are not in short supply.


To address your nail-biting issue and the dental or whole body health issues that can result, make sure to discuss this with Dr. Johnston at your next visit to our dentist office serving Carmel.


You can schedule an appointment by calling (317) 773-1302.




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