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Sir, my15year old has habit of bitting inner surface of mouth.does it cause small mouth infection...???

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Could: This is certainly possible, as any break in the skin is at risk for infection. I would not say it is typical, however. If there is any fever, or increased swelling in the area, pain to touch, then he should be examined and potentially prescribed antibiotics. I would ask about the underlying issues causing the biting? Is this a nervous habit? Does he feel relief after biting?
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
It can...: If the teeth puncture the soft tissues, then bacteria from the mouth may be introduced into the mucosa, causing an infection.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
If this continues: it may be a symptom of anxiety or an obsessive habit. Consider speaking with a psychologist to help her stop this behavior.
Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Mouth biting: Very unusual to get mouth infection unless from tooth infection . Try to distract him with chewing gum to try and stop chewing his inner mouth.

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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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