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How to Stop Biting Your Lips, Cheeks, or Tongue

Lip, cheek, or tongue-biting is usually due to one of three causes:

  • Something in the mouth is causing irritation
  • Accidentally biting down while talking or eating
  • Nervous habit

Depending on your reasons, here are three ways to stop yourself from biting your lips, cheeks and tongue.

Irritation in the Mouth

The insides of cheeks and lips can develop scar tissue from being chafed by something like braces. A misaligned bite can cause teeth to press into the sides of the tongue. Such irritation may cause injuries that never seem to go away.

Talk with your dentist or orthodontist to see if treatment to align your bite will help you stop injuring yourself. Orthodontic wax and other devices can also spare your cheeks the irritation of metal braces.

Accidental Injury

An accidental bite can leave you with a painful, bleeding, swollen lump on your tongue, lip, or cheek. This can also be due to misaligned teeth.

Ice an injury as soon as it happens to bring down the swelling. This will relieve pain and minimize the chance of accidentally chomping on it again. Eat only soft foods for a couple days while it heals, and focus on chewing slowly.

Anxious Habit

Some people bite their cheeks without even realizing it. This habit is tough to break, but not impossible. When you have a numb mouth from getting dental work completed, be careful not to chew on your cheeks! It’s a common habit, especially for children.

Chronic biting will leave chronic sores, so it’s good to try to stop.

Identify triggers that make you nibble such as boredom or anxiety. Substitute another distracting activity like humming, knitting, or chewing sugar-free gum. Use flavored lip balm to keep your lips smooth to serve as a reminder if you accidentally start to chew on your lips.

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Manhattan Dental Design
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New York, NY 10019
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