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Can Nail Biting Lead To Bruxism?

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, people who bite their nails as a nervous habit or clench their teeth when anxious or stressed are at a higher risk for bruxism (the grinding or clenching of teeth). Nail biting is a habit that can start as a child and carry on into adulthood.

Bruxism is most commonly associated with emotional stress and usually happens during sleep. If your child bites his or her nails, you may want to keep an eye out for the signs of bruxism.

Signs Of Bruxism In Children

  • Waking up with headaches
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Indents along the sides of the tongue
  • Pain when opening or closing the jaw
  • Popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing the jaw
  • Flattening of the tips of the teeth

If bruxism goes untreated, it can lead to gum recession, misalignment of the jaw, and the loosening or loss of teeth.

If your child bites his or her fingernails and you’re concerned that bruxism may become a problem, please make an appointment here at Firestone Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. The earlier we catch any problems, the better!

Posted on Sep 22, 2016

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