All bad habits start slowly and gradually and before you know you have the habit, the habit has you – Zig Ziglar

Onychophagia also known as the habit of “nail biting” is a compulsive disorder, usually found in children and young adults. Certain studies conducted around the world prove that nail biting is not a bad habit, instead, it is a sign of perfectionism. However, according to physicians, this habit can put your health to risk and cause various types of life threatening diseases! Below we have talked about the 5 little known dangers of nail biting.

Nail Biting Makes You More Susceptible To Diseases Caused by Bacteria 

Our nails are always full of bacteria, which includes pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria. When you bite your nails, such bacteria can get transferred to your mouth – causing diseases like HPV, Flu or Hepatitis. Even non-biters should be concerned about all those bacteria and pay special attention to the nails area while washing hands.

Wait – if you are thinking that it is OK to bite on clean nails then you are  wrong! No matter how precisely you clean your hands and nails area, the germs will always remain there.

Excessive Nail Biting Can Lead To Fungal Infections

Fungal nail infections are extremely painful and bad-looking! The medical term for fungal nail infection is “Paronychia” and it occurs when the bacteria enter through the open cuts around the nails which further leads to fungal nail infection. Fungal nail infection can only be treated medically.

Nail Biting Can Be Harmful For The Teeth As Well!

People who bite their nails can end up chipping or cracking their front teeth from the stress that they put on their whole mouth and jaw area while biting their nails. Those people who wear braces are more prone to getting their teeth chipped, cracked and worn out. Nail biting can also cause gum tissue damage and make the gums swollen as well as more sensitive.

Nail Biters May Permanently Damage Their Cuticles

Nails biters start to pick on their cuticles when their nails are not long enough to be chewed. This action causes cuticle tears and hangnails. It also gives a chance for harmful bacteria to seep under the skin through tears and proliferate on there.

Toxic Poisoning Is Also A Thing!

If you are a nail polish addict, but also an onychophagist at the same time, then you need to stop this habit of yours as soon as possible! Most of the polishes have toxic chemicals that can be dangerous for your health – in case you ingest them while biting your nails.

These were the 5 little known dangers of nail biting that we think, every nail biter should be aware of! Nail biting may seem like a harmless habit, but there are numerous health risks involved in it! Don’t be ashamed of your habit because even famous people like Kate Middleton and Britney Spears are said to be nail biters. Surprising, right?

We have already done an elaborated post from where you can get some very simple tips that will help you to quit nail biting. Check out the post here – How To Stop Biting Nails