It turns out that biting your nails is not just a bad habit that many develop, trying to get rid of stress and anxiety. Doctors say that in addition to spoiling manicure, this “hobby” can cause significant harm to our health.
Nail biting can have serious consequences. Germs from your hands can easily spread and cause oral infections. A seemingly harmless habit can even let in the bacteria that cause deadly infections.
Instead of nail biting, it’s better to switch to safer rituals. For example, “jingling a bracelet on your wrist” when you pull your hands to your mouth.
There are many products on the market today to help you fight bad habits. These include bitter nail polish, which can help quit the nail biting cravings once and forever. As a rule, it is transparent, so it will suit both women and men.
In addition, it is important to learn to clearly identify the trigger events and emotions that push you into an unhealthy habit. Basically, with the help of this ritual, people try to relieve anxiety. That’s why it’s so important to keep track of what exactly made you feel this way and try to either overcome this habit without extra help or come up with healthy habits to help you cope. These include, for example, outdoor walks and meditation.
There is another dangerous reaction of the body to frequent stress – bruxism. This is involuntary grinding of teeth, clenching and unclenching of the jaw (often in a dream). Those who clench their teeth frequently can develop serious jaw problems. Among the unpleasant consequences of bruxism can also be headaches, ear and facial pain and chipped teeth.