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How to Kick Your Nail Biting Habit

by Autumn Delosreyes |

Nail biting is a common habit but have you ever thought about the effects? Or even better, how to quit? Read below and kick that habit’s butt!

 


Downsides:

  • It can make your nails grow in weird. If you damage the tissue around your nails, they may stop growing the way they should. This gives you abnormal-looking nails.
  • It can spoil your smile. You can chip, crack, or break your teeth when you bite your nails. Over time, nail biting can even cause jaw problems.
  • It can make you sick. Hands are a hotbed for germs, and nails are their perfect hideout. When you’re putting your fingers in your mouth multiple times a day, it increases your chances of getting sick. Plus, the skin damage you can cause when you bite your nails creates an easy way for germs to get in.

How to stop:

  • Cut them short. If there’s not enough nail to grab with your teeth, it won’t feel as satisfying when you give biting a try.
  • Coat them with a bad taste. There are special nail polishes with a bitter flavor you can paint on your nails. The terrible taste will make you think twice before chewing.
  • Splurge on manicures. Spending money and time at a nail salon will give you both good-looking nails and a reason to keep them that way.
  • Treat yourself. Pick up some nail care goodies like our cuticle oil or crystal nail file to take care of your nails - you'll be less likely to destroy them once you've put the time and effort in to make them look nice!
  • Wear gloves. It may sound silly, but if you can’t get to your nails, you can’t bite them. If gloves won’t work for your daily schedule, you can look for stickers made to cover nails -- they can have the same effect.
  • Find your triggers. Notice how you feel or what you’re doing when you bite your nails. Once you know what kicks you into nail-biting drive, you can try to find other ways to cope.
  • Keep your hands or mouth busy. Find something to fiddle with -- a stress ball, a worry stone, or even a pen to click. Chew gum so your mouth has a job. Give your nail-biting energy another place to go.

We hope these tips help you kick your nail-biting habit! What remedies have you tried?

 

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