Nail biting is a common behavior among kids and affects an estimated 50% of children between ages 10-18. Similar to thumb sucking, it’s often a way to self-soothe and manage feelings of anxiety. Unfortunately, it can also lead to oral health problems if it continues for too long.
The Consequences of Nail Biting
Children who chronically or aggressively bite their nails may develop any of the following problems:
How Can a Pediatric Dentist Help With Nail Biting?
Just like any comforting or soothing habit, nail biting can be difficult to give up. Again, it’s helpful to start by talking to a pediatric dentist at your child’s next checkup. They may recommend any of the following strategies:
When it comes to keeping your child’s smile healthy, prevention is always preferable to treatment. If they can overcome nail biting, they’ll avoid many oral health problems altogether!