Nail biting is one of the most common habits that people of all ages do, including children, teens and young adults. Many people engage in this habit unconsciously, usually from nervousness, stress, or simply out of boredom. Your nails are one of the hardest surfaces of the body, so chomping down on one can apply enough force against your teeth to cause damage by:

• Causing cracks and chips in the front teeth

• and you may notice Your front teeth appear worn down, and shorter than normal

• And if you wear braces, nail biting can compromise your tooth alignment.

Most nail biters eventually grow out of the habit by 30.

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This is Dr. Jacqueline Butler Mitchell of Integrity Dental Care, reminding you to Brush and Floss daily.

If you have questions call or email me at Integrity Dental Care, PLLC (615) 445-8700 or email with any questions you may have.