Nail biting seems to be a trivial problem, but it turns out that it can have unpleasant health consequences. It was estimated that every fourth teenager struggles witth the unpleasant habit. It’s quite a serious sign for parents that there is something disturbing the child’s life.
It was found that mostly people living in stress and with emotional problems nibble on nails. Onychophagia occurs more frequently in children and adolescents than in adults. In addition to the unpleasant-looking nails, biting causes continuous states of flooded gums, bacterial infections, and even malocclusion. See what other consequences this rather dangerous habit brings!
There’s a huge number of microbes collected on the hands. Touching doorknobs, using the toilet or just being in public places, we gather on the surface of our skin millions of germs. Even if you thoroughly wash your hands, there will still be a huge amount of bacteria and fungi under the nails. When we bring a finger to our lips, they instantly get inside.
2. The bacteria E. coli and Salmonella
In 2007, Turkish scientists conducted an experiment on a group of 59 people to examine what impact nail biting has on the transportation of bacteria in the mouth. 76% of patients experienced vomiting and diarrhea caused by a bacterial infection!
3. Micro-cracks of the enamel
The teeth of people with a tendency to bite their nails are more prone to decay!