Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Is Nail Biting Really So Bad?

We’ve all heard that biting your nails is a bad habit. But what’s really so bad about it? Recently, we found an interesting article that discusses how biting your nails affects your teeth and oral health.

Nail biting, also known as Onychophagia, is a common habit among various age groups, including primarily children, teens and young adults. Nail biting is generally triggered by stress and most often decreases with age. That being said, nail biting is unsanitary, unattractive, as well as unhealthy for your teeth!

Here’s why:

It’s unsanitary. Your nails are dirty, almost twice as dirty as your fingers! Hence, biting your nails is just asking for germs and bacteria.

No good things come to your teeth. Nail biting causes your teeth to constantly be chewing, which is not good for them. This excessive motion wears your teeth down faster than a non-nail biter’s and puts a large amount of stress on your front teeth- contributing to teeth misalignment.

Braces don’t love it either. Braces already put pressure on teeth, nail biting ads unnecessary pressure, further stressing your teeth and weakening their roots.

It can be costly. Nail biting can result in up to $4,000 in additional dental bills over one lifetime, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Yikes!

What can you do about it?

Now that you know how harmful nail biting can be, it’s time to take action to break your nail biting habit. Try to be conscious of your fingernails and to keep them looking good- this will help you resist the temptation.

Good luck!
Your friends at Davis Orthodontics

Monday, August 8, 2011


Time for a fun and relaxing getaway vacation in Maui! I hope you're having a great summer! I'll see you all when I get back in a week!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

How to Freshen Your Breath

Dr. Davis and his staff recognize that many of their patients are concerned about bad breath, or halitosis. Except for chronic bad breath, bad breath usually is temporary, and can be prevented.

We found this helpful video about bad breath, which explains what might cause bad breath and some ways that it can be avoided. In most instances, bad breath can be prevented by practicing common oral hygiene techniques that you have probably heard us emphasize during a visit to Davis Orthodontics, such as brushing and flossing daily. Take a look at this video for additional tips on how to control bad breath: