NAIL BITER It’s not just a bad habit, biting your nails is bad for your health… and here are 5 reasons why

By Lizzie Parry

 

3. PROTECT YOUR TEETH

Your teeth are designed to chew food and should not be used as tools.

Regularly biting your nails can cause your teeth to shift out of place, which can lead to needing a brace or retainer.

The Texas A&M spokesman said: “Nail biting could also cause your teeth to break or could damage your tooth enamel.

“The germs could also potentially infect, or cause irritation to your gums.”

4. GREATER RISK OF INGROWN NAILS

If you constantly gnaw at your nails, chances are you will bite off a bit more than you expected.

When a piece of torn skin at the root of your nail appears, it is known as a hangnail.

Hangnails are open sores that can easily become infected.

The best way to avoid the painful sores is to prevent the hangnail from forming in the first place by moisturizing regularly—and not chewing on your fingers.

Most ingrown nails occur on the toenails, but biting your nails can cause your nails to grow under your skin in your fingers too.

Ingrown nails can cause pain and swelling and potentially lead to infection and require surgery.

5. RISK OF TOXIC POISONING

If gel polishes are your thing, it’s best that you kick the nail-biting habit sooner rather than later.

Regular nail polishes have plenty of toxins themselves, but gel polishes have chemicals that can be harmful when ingested.

Although the low amounts of toxicity likely won’t show any harmful effects right away, we don’t yet understand all of the potential long-term consequences.

 

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