The Academy of General Dentistry estimates that frequent nail biters may rack up $4,000 in additional dental bills over the course of their lifetime, according to a recent article by bestselling author Dr. James Mercola.

That’s quite a bite in the budget.

He notes that the habit can “interfere with proper dental occlusion, or the manner in which your upper and lower teeth come together when you close your mouth. Teeth may shift out of their proper position, become misshapen, wear down prematurely, and become weakened if you bite your nails over time.”

Although 2012, the American Psychiatric Association decided to re-classify nail biting as a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the pioneer for alternative medicine suggests that other research in young adults link the habit most frequently to stress and boredom.

A few tips Dr. Mercola offers to block the biting:

  • Wrap fingertips with Band-Aids or electrical tape

  • Knitting

  • Put unpleasant tasting substances on fingertips such as vinegar, hot sauce or commercially available bitter-tasting options.

Read other options at:

Cheek biters are not off the hook.

According to columnist Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S., cheek biters may be susceptible to mouth sores.  The NYC cosmetic dentist noted that because this habit could be a symptom of misaligned teeth, which can lead to  TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) and headaches. He advised addressing the cause of the cheek chew.

Find out the recommended fixes for this issue at: