Bruxism Caused By Social Anxiety

bruxismSome recent studies have shown that bruxism, teeth grinding, can be caused by anxiety experienced in social circumstances. Bruxism can cause tooth wear and even fractures in teeth as well as jaw pain.

Some people may be prone to biting their nails when faced with uncomfortable circumstances or in social situations that are out of their comfort zones. It is now found that many people suffer from teeth grinding in these same situations.  The research studied men and women who had suffered from social phobia.  Some were on medications to help with these disorders. Some were not.  And some did not suffer from social phobia.  The subjects underwent psychiatric and dental exams.

See the outcome of the research here: Nail biters, beware: Teeth grinding is next – Medical News Today.

Biting Your Nails: More Than A Bad Habit

biting your nailsIf you have a habit of biting your nails, you’ve probably been told that it is bad for you.  Sure it’s kind of gross and makes your nails look horrible, but it can also affect your health.

Biting your nails can raise the risk of catching a cold or other sickness because you’re constantly putting your hands in your mouth.  Another issue it can cause is parnychia.  This is an infection of the skin surrounding the nail.  It will cause redness, swelling and pain.

If you happen to have a wart on your hand, biting your nails is a way that you can spread warts to other parts of your hands.  This is because the more open skin you have, the more you’re going to spread a virus.

Biting your nails can lead to problems with your actual nail. The lunula, which is the area of the fingernail where new nail is made, can be damaged.  This can cause a bumpy nail with ridges that could become permanent.

Nail biting can also affect your teeth.  Besides causing breaks or chips in teeth or tooth enamel, it can lead to teeth shifting out of place.

If you do bite your nails there are some things you can try to break the habit. Most people bite their nails to relieve stress.  If you can find another way to relieve stress you can break the habit more easily.  Try meditation or exercise.  You can even try something as simple as twirling a ring or playing with a hair tie on your wrist.

Why Biting Your Nails Is More than A Bad Habit|Huffington Post

Nervous Habits That Are Bad For Your Health

There are many things we do to cope with the stresses of life. Some we may even do subconsciously and some we do as a way of relaxing.  But there18048311-angry-boy are a few of these nervous habits that are not just annoying but can actually be bad for our health.

Clenching or grinding teeth – Many people grind or clench their teeth as a stress coping mechanism. Doing this can cause harm to the teeth and jaw and make it more difficult or painful to chew overtime.

Biting nails – This is one of the most common types of nervous habits, especially in children.  This not only makes your nails look ragged but can cause bleeding, bacterial infections and warts around the nail bed. The risks of colds and illnesses increase because you always have your hands in your mouth.

Crossing legs – This may be just your preferred style of sitting, or it may be something you do when stressed or nervous, but it can be bad for your health. It can lead to a rise in blood pressure, varicose veins, and bad posture. It can have long term effects on the back, hip and pelvis.

Pulling or twirling hair – This bad habit can go from normal to compulsive, which can lead to trichotillomania, pulling out hair. It can lead to patchy areas and baldness as the hair follicles become damaged.

Sucking on pencils or pens – You have probably found yourself subconsciously biting or sucking on a pen or pencil during deep thought or anxiousness. Not only is this a great way of spreading bacteria, but this habit can wear down teeth and cause jaw pain and headaches.

Touching face – Feeling stressed can lead you to put your face in your hands in frustration but can result in blocked pores and acne. This can also lead to picking your skin.  This is a way to spread bacteria which can get into the body.

Breaking Bad Habits: 6 Common Anxiety Habits You Should Break Today For Your Health|Medical Daily