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Do You Bite Your Nails? Serious Dental Issues Could Be in Your Future

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Fingernail biting can be detrimental to your overall health; consider the items you touch during the day and the bacteria trapped underneath your nails! 

It’s also important to consider your oral health when biting your nails. This bad habit can lead to everything from bacterial infections to jaw disorders. 

Here are a few potential consequences of nail-biting.

Bacterial Infections

A study conducted several years ago found that people who bite their nails have more gram-negative bacteria in their bodies than people who abstain from this bad habit. Gram-negative bacteria can cause several types of infection, including oral. 

Teeth Grinding

Some studies have shown a link between nail biting and teeth grinding (bruxism). Teeth grinding wears down ...

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Recent Changes in Preventative Antibiotics before Dental Visits

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In the past, it was recommended that patients with artificial joint replacements take an antibiotic before having any preventative or restorative dental care performed. As of January 1, 2016, the ADA changed the protocol. The reason in the past for doing so was the concern of a patient contracting bacteremia. Bacteremia is when bacteria enters the bloodstream from the mouth and travels throughout the body; it was thought previously that it would lead to infection around the prosthetic joints.

In most recent studies have shown there is not any need for continuing with this protocol due to there isn’t any real risk of infection. The most recent research has shown there ...

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