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How To Break The Habit of Biting Your Nails

Updated on November 22, 2017

Nail Biting Is Bad For Your Teeth

The Consequences of Nail Biting

If you bite your nails like me, chances are you have gotten yourself into a really bad habit. I have been a nail biter for years and my problem has only gotten worse until a few weeks ago. That was when I decided to learn a little bit about the problems that biting your nails can cause.

  • Biting your nails leaves you vulnerable to tons of germs that live under your nails, and this can increase your chances of getting sick.
  • When you bite your nails in public, it looks really bad and people tend to notice.
  • Biting your nails is very damaging to your teeth, and can result in chipped teeth, sore teeth, crooked teeth.
  • Biting your nails also damages the enamel that protects your teeth. Enamel also helps produce the glossy look that healthy teeth tend to have.
  • When your fingernails hurt, bleed or look jagged and extremely short - Its noticeable whether you are playing the piano or eating at a restaurant.
  • Nail biting can also cause infections and uneven fingernail growth, this can also lead to ingrown fingernails or ingrown toenails.
  • The medical term for the habit: onychophagia
  • It can also be very embaressing and in fact it has even stopped me from asking a girl for her phone number because I felt like I had to hide my nails.

When I thought of all of these consequences, I was determined to stop biting my nails forever. I decided that I would put a nail biting solution on my fingernails so that if I ever became tempted, I would quickly stop biting my nails because of the disgusting taste that the nail biting solution produces.

Lots of people bite their nails, and its definitely a hard habit to break. In fact, I bit my nails compulsively without even thinking about it before i decided to break the habit. Every time I drove, watched a movie or a tv show - I would end up biting my fingernails. But when you concentrate on the task at hand its definitely possible. There is nail polish out there that will prevent you from biting your nails and help your nails grow faster too. I've found that this makes it much easier to break the habit. The nail polish is clear and it tastes so bad the second you start to bite your nails. Which is why I give it 2 thumbs up!!

How to Stop Nail Biting Forever


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    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Interesting hub. I use to bite my nails when I was young and then I guess I cared more about looks than biting so I stopped. Good luck breaking the habit.

    • What's News profile image

      What's News 

      9 years ago

      Good luck in your continued efforts to break your habit. Great hub. I voted up.


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