Fingernail biting is incredibly common. As a matter of fact, around half of all humans will bite their nails at one time or another in their lives. Fingernail biting has been linked to stress and genetics, and will happen more often in women than in men. This habit can begin in early childhood and last until adulthood!
If your child routinely bites his or her nails, you may wonder about the effects it could have on dental health. Our teeth are the strongest parts of our body. They allow us to speak clearly, and chew our food. However, biting your fingernails can cause harm to your teeth.
Below are just a few of the many ways that this habit can damage your teeth:
If your child bites his or her fingernails and you’re concerned about the effect it may have on their dental health, please contact Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry. We’d be happy to evaluate their teeth and recommend ways to deter this habit! Visit us at our office, located in Parker, CO.