Understand How Nail Biting is Damaging Your Teeth and Smile

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Nail biting is a cause of poor dental and general health. Reasons, why people bite on their nails include stress, anxiety and not using the nail cutter. Unfortunately, victims of this bad habit are unaware of its harmful effects. Here is how nail biting is damaging your teeth and smile!

Key takeaways:

– The hard substance that makes up our nails (keratin) cracks your teeth, erodes your enamel and tears your gums leading to oral diseases.

– Biting nails to relieve stress leads to Bruxism, a condition where one grinds their teeth during sleep or anxiety.

– Unless you often wash your hands, nail biting introduces bacteria to your body, thereby infecting your mouth’s cavity and general health.

Protect your smile by using other means of relieving stress, trimming nails with a nail cutter and visiting your dentist for treatment of damaged teeth.

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Dr. Colin Conway BDS BSc South Africa

With more than 20 years experience in dental practice, Colin has never been more excited and passionate about his dentistry!

Colin grew up in South Africa, and completed studies toward research science and dentistry degrees in South Africa. He moved from Cape Town to the UK in April 2002, and has worked in some of the UK’s leading dental practices - gaining the experience and confidence to offer a wide range of dental services.

Says Colin: "I often joke that I moved to the UK for the weather! But actually I moved because the UK offers world-class opportunities for dentists to expand their knowledge and skillset, a fact which I have embraced. I am equally comfortable doing a dental check-up and cleaning, placing a dental implant or fitting braces to straighten teeth."

Colin lives in Windsor with his partner and two dogs, enjoying the city/country balance offered by its close proximity to London. On weekends, you’re likely to find him cycling along the river or in some of the great parks surrounding the town.

Dr. Bruce Mutch BDS South Africa

Bruce has been in General Dental Practice for 30 years. Says Bruce: "I have always concentrated on Dental Health, getting patients healthy and showing them how it is possible to keep their own teeth for life.” Bruce has a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry and Children’s Orthodontics. When he's not doing dentistry, you will find Bruce on the tennis court or walking his dog. "Animals have always been a big part of my life, and in my younger days I used to show jump competitively".