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Do you suffer from any nervous habits? Do you ever find yourself chewing your nails? Do you ever think about the consequences of biting your nails or from chewing gum? Did you know these habits could lead to a number of fairly serious health problems?

Nail biting could actually damage your pearly whites. In fact, this could eventually cause micro fractures, chips, and even cracks. Similarly, did you know that chewing on your nails could wear down teeth unevenly, causing an uneven bite? If you have worn down teeth, you could ultimately have to cope with tooth loss. Your fingernails are actually very dirty, which may be the dirtiest part of your hands. This introduces germs and bacteria in your mouth. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions you can do to stop chewing your nails.

Chewing gum can unintentionally train you to grind your teeth, and if you already suffer from bruxism, it could become even worse. Chewing gum can also damage your enamel, especially if you decide to chew gum that has sugar in it. Fortunately, if you chew sugar-free gum and don’t have a problem with grinding your teeth, chewing gum may actually offer several benefits. For instance, it can cause saliva flow, which might carry bacteria, plaque, and leftover food particles away from your pearly whites.

Would you like to learn more about chewing gum or chewing your nails in Houston, Texas? Are you hoping to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Firoz Lalani? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact A Dental Care by calling us at . We look forward to meeting with you soon!

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