Were you that little kid that was told to stop biting your nails because it was “bad” for you? I never really understood “WHY”? Until now…..
- As many of you ladies know, “snacking” on your nails is a guaranteed way to ruin your freshly polished manicure that was supposed to last through the week, only to have it ruined by a little innocent chewing on your nails.
- Biting your nails can also increase the risk of catching a cold or other illness or infection because you’re putting your unwashed hands in your mouth and ingesting germs. You could end up with redness and swelling and pain and discomfort ~ which could be a sign of infection.
- Biting your nails doesn’t just impact the appearance of your hands ~ it can also damage your teeth and become an oral hygiene issue. Regularly biting your nails can cause your teeth to shift and could also potentially cause them to break or tooth enamel to splinter.
Nail biting can be a chronic, unconscious and nervous habit that can be challenging to break. Most people bite their fingernails as a way of relieving stress. Replacing nail biting with other, healthier alternatives to release that stress could be useful and creative too.
Check out this article from “Women’s Health” for some great tips to stop nail-biting.